David Siegel sues Sundance Film Festival over documentary

Siegel: Film promotion defamatory, untrue

ORLANDO, Fla. - A Florida timeshare mogul who commissioned the building of one of the largest homes in America is suing filmmakers and the Sundance Film Festival over materials used to promote a documentary about his family's struggle to construct the 90,000-square-foot mansion during the recent economic crisis.

David Siegel says in a lawsuit filed in Orlando federal court Tuesday that press releases used to promote the documentary, "The Queen of Versailles," are defamatory. Siegel says the false statements claim his timeshare empire collapsed, his mansion is in foreclosure and that he and his wife, Jackie, have experienced a "rags-to-riches-to-rags story."

Siegel says none of that is true.

The documentary's filmmakers had no comment, and a Sundance spokeswoman didn't return a call.

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