Kevin Costner says allegations he hid millions in a secret Swiss bank account are absurd, and he went to court to fight the claim.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Costner is demanding the lawsuit filed by a man named Bradley Birkenfeld be dismissed.
Birkenfeld, a famous whistleblower who helped recover billions of taxpayer dollars, claims he had his tell-all-book derailed by Kevin Costner and billionaire Leonard Lauder when they threatened legal action over his mention that they each held secret bank accounts worth millions of dollars.
Costner blasts Birkenfeld calling him a “convicted felon who admitted conspiring to defraud the US government out of taxes on hundreds of millions of dollars, who admitted smuggling diamonds into the country in a toothpaste tube, and who served time in federal prison.”
The actor says Birkenfeld now lives overseas and travels the world giving speeches on tax fraud.
He claims, “In an apparent gambit to raise his own profile and continue to seek his “fifteen minutes of fame,” Birkenfeld has repeatedly spread outrageous malicious lies claiming that Defendant Kevin M. Costner supposedly hid millions of dollars in a secret UBS Swiss bank account to evade US taxes. Birkenfeld has done so despite the fact that Mr. Costner never had any UBS Swiss account or any offshore accounts whatsoever”
Costner says it is not even necessary to “delve into the provably false allegation” against him, but is demanding the case simply be thrown out for being filed in the wrong state.