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“Riches-to-rags” film on opulent family home prompts lawsuit

Posted by Paige Bluhdorn

(Reuters) – Time share mogul David Siegel welcomed a filmmaker’s proposal in 2007 to document his construction of what was to be the nation’s largest family home — an opulent 90,000-square-foot mansion named “Versailles” after the French palace and conceived during a housing boom.

More than four years and a global economic collapse later, Siegel has filed a $75,000 lawsuit against the filmmakers and the Sundance Film Festival, where the documentary premieres on January 19, for what he calls defamation of character.

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