(Bloomberg)– Apple Inc. injected a new level of intrigue in its bitter court battle with Epic Games Inc., recommending the Fortnite maker was acting as a stalking horse for Microsoft Corp. and keeping evidence.The iPhone maker made the accusations Wednesday night in a filing asking a judge to make a negative trustworthiness finding against Lori Wright, an Xbox executive who testified in the trial on behalf of Epic. That would imply the judge might neglect her testimony.Apple asked for such a ruling previously, but upped its accusations in the new filing. “A sensible observer may wonder whether Epic is working as a stalking horse for Microsoft,” Apple said. “Microsoft protected itself from meaningful discovery in this litigation by not appearing as a party or sending out a corporate representative to affirm.”Read more: Apple, Microsoft Rivalry Heats Up Again Amid Trial FisticuffsEpic took legal action against Apple claiming its cut of income from companies offering items at its App Store is too expensive which its rules are anticompetitive.but and unreasonable Apple declares Epic utilized as many witnesses related to Microsoft at trial as it did its own– five each– including Susan Athey from Stanford University.Athey, who testified for Epic May 11, was grilled by Apples lawyers on her consulting work for Microsoft. She stated she refrained from examining personal files in the event sent by Apple due to that work.”Apple is trying to sidetrack from legitimate issues from numerous business throughout the industry about its App Store policies and practices, including its rejection to allow video game streaming in the Apple App Store,” Microsoft stated in a declaration Thursday. “Epic speaks and acts for itself, and Microsoft and many other companies have raised issues through our own voices, consisting of straight with Apple itself.”In an earlier filing Microsoft stated it complied fully with its legal obligations.Wright affirmed involuntarily and she was forthright and thoughtful in her trial testament, Microsoft said.Story continues”That Apple does not like Ms. Wrights statement is clear,” Microsoft said. “That Apple has no basis to challenge the substance of her testament is equally clear.”In the Wednesday filing, Apple also complained that Microsoft kept internal communications and held discussions with Epic about its choice to circumvent Apples payment guidelines. “Such internal interactions are particularly appropriate in light of Microsofts relationship with a minimum of 5 Epic witnesses and the capacity that Microsoft is using Epic as a proxy complainant in litigation that it refuses to prosecute in its own name,” Apple wrote.In reactions to Apples motions about Wright, Epic stated Apple was “not shocked” at the trial and Wrights testament was “foreseeable.” The company also said Apple had sufficient chance to collect discovery throughout a deposition of Wright which Wright provided documents to Apple and Epic in the very same “paltry” manner.The case is Epic Games Inc. v. Apple Inc., 20-cv-5640, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (Oakland).(Updates with Microsoft statement)More stories like this are offered on bloomberg.comSubscribe now to remain ahead with the most trusted business news source. © 2021 Bloomberg L.P.