Spike Lee
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: Filmmaker Spike Lee attends Night 4 of Chefdance on January 23, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for Chefdance)

Spike Lee has offered to pay off Malcolm X’s Manhattan estate storage debt. The Manhattan Mini storage management has reportedly threatened to auction off items due to the $2,447 owed to them. When Lee learned that the iconic leader’s belongings were about to be auctioned off, he reportedly said that he would “take care of it.”

Malcolm’s estate may be of personal interest to Lee, since he directed the 1992 classic Malcolm X, which starred Denzel Washington. While Washington lost the Academy Award for best actor for his performance in that film, critic Roger Ebert did rank Malcolm X number one in his top 10 best movies of 1992.

On the other hand, Lee may not have to pay anything.  According to the New York Post, a representative for the Malcolm X estate says that there is no issue.  He claimed that there isn’t anything valuable to Malcolm in the unit and that his valuables are in several different property holdings. An employee at the storage facility also chimed in on the accusations and said, “We’d never auction off anything that belonged to Malcolm X.”

So maybe Lee can re-direct his energy back to the Mike Tyson Broadway show he’s directing, entitled Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth.