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Awkward! Bones Stars Are Suing the Show for Millions

This is going to get messy...

Megan Vick

Things just got a lot more interesting on the set of Bones as stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz joined a lawsuit against their parent company Fox Television over misreported profits from the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Executive producer Kathy Reichs leads the suit which claims that Fox misreported profits from Bonesso they wouldn't have to pay out to Reichs, Deschanel, Boreanaz and others with profit rights in their talent contracts.

According to the complaint obtained by THR, Reichs - who wrote the Temperence Brennan novels that inspired the series - is contractually entitled to 5 percent of profits while Deschanel and Boreanaz both negotiated 3 percent.

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The complaint says that Fox fixed their accounting books by using tricks and strong-arm tactics to avoid having to pay out what was owed. The full complaint can be read here.

Reichs and the two stars demanded an audit of the company's records after years of receiving nothing in profits. It revealed they "were being cheated out of more than $100 million in gross revenues and being overcharged in many additional millions of dollars in alleged expenses."

The suit follows a similar suit filed by another Bones executive producer, Barry Josephson, last Wednesday.

This isn't the first time that Fox's accounting has come under scrutiny. The Reichs/Deschanel/Boreanaz suit also cites disagreements over M*A*S*H*, The X-Files, NYPD Blue and Cops.

Bones airs Thursdays at 8/7c on FOX.