Boxer Vinny Paz suing makers of Hollywood biopic for $175K

Actor Miles Teller, left, and Aaron Eckhart, right, with Vinny Paz, who is portrayed in the movie "Bleed For This," at its Providence premiere on Nov. 10, 2016, in Rhode Island. Scott Eisen / Getty Images for Open Road Films

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 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.