- Associated Press - Friday, July 28, 2017

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - Boxer Vinny Paz is suing the makers of a Hollywood film about his life, claiming they forged his signature and owe him $175,000.

The Rhode Island native, whose life was chronicled in the 2016 film “Bleed for This,” says he was promised $300,000 but only paid $125,000. He also says that three agreements with the production company had forged signatures using his former last name, Pazienza, which he legally changed in 2000.

WPRI-TV reports (https://bit.ly/2h8LPdW ) that producer Chad Verdi, director Ben Younger and Younger’s production company are named as defendants.

In a counterclaim, they denied the allegations and said Paz voluntarily reduced his fees because the film was having trouble securing funding.

Neither Paz nor the defendants responded to requests for comment.

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