Legal Battle Left “Seventh Python” Poor

The “seventh Python,” who won a seven-year battle for full royalties after the success of “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” has revealed that the battle left him out of pocket and terrified about bringing “disaster on myself and my family.” In his new book, “The 7th Python: A Twat’s Tale,” film producer Mark Forstater, who helped produce “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” in 1973, writes that his fight for royalties from the musical spawned by the film was “a sad story, one of friendships ending and of goodwill eroded. A tale of greed and hope and of desperation.” Despite his legal victory in 2013, having to pay costs meant he was out of pocket, living in a studio apartment.

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