Nine of the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for over two months in 2010, have filed a lawsuit against their lawyers accusing them of fraud.
According to the miners, they were cheated out of money by their lawyers, including the royalties from the Hollywood movie “The 33” based on their experiences. The men were trapped some 700 meters underground for 69 days.
After receiving a heroes welcome, many of the miners soon ran out of money and began to suffer health and psychological problems. According to a 2013 interview with one of the miners, Daniel Esteban Herrera, no compensation ever reached the men.
The men were also promised retraining and a pension by the Chilean government which also failed to materialize.
The miners were placing their hopes on “The 33,” a film starring Antonio Banderas and Juliette Binoche. The movie was released in Chile marking the fifth anniversary of the mine collapse, with some of the miners joining its premiere in the U.S. and Europe.