A civil suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday reads like a script for a big screen Hollywood legal thriller. It’s a case of the truth being stranger — and far more complicated — than fiction.

Hollywood tax lawyer Matthew Krane is suing his former client, entertainment industry billionaire Haim Saban, over a $36 million fee Krane was paid for referring Saban to an investment fund run by the Quellos Group. The suit charges Saban with attempting to get his hands on the $36 million, and in the process makes several provocative allegations.

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