Writer/artist Frank Miller has filed a lawsuit against long-time colorist (and his ex-wife) Lynn Varley for allegedly "swiping valuable rough sketches" and "trying to sell them under the table," according to the New York Post. It wasn't specified which project or projects the sketches were connected to.
"Varley filed for divorce in 2006, after 20 years of marriage," reads the report. "In 2011, while the duo was still married, they cut a deal to divvy up illustrations and artwork they owned, according to the court documents.
The newspaper reports that Miller's lawsuit claims that the colorist "allegedly grabbed either from the couple’s co-op or from a storage unit during their marriage."
"Varley continued to conceal the fact that she had taken the Roughs throughout the couple’s divorce proceedings and even after they had negotiated and entered into a postnuptial and predivorce agreement which provided that Varley was only entitled to receive specifically designated pieces of Miller’s artwork, not including the Roughs," Miller's lawsuit allegedly stated.
"Despite Varley’s efforts to sell the Roughs through her art dealer in secret, Miller has discovered that Varley’s art dealer was offering the Roughs for sale ‘under the table’ to collectors."
According to the New York Post, Miller seeks all of the 'Roughs' be returned to him, an injunction against the colorist from selling or destroying them, and "damages of at least $25,000 to be decided in a jury trial."
Lynn Varley was Frank Miller's colorist for Ronin, The Dark Knight Returns, 300, Sin City, Elektra Lives Again, the Lone Wolf & Cub covers, and The Dark Knight Strikes Again. She also contributed background colors to Warner Bros.'s 2007 adaptation of his 300 series.