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Mel Gibson Settles "Passion of the Christ" Lawsuit

Posted: May 25th, 2009 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Mel Gibson Settles "Passion of the Christ" LawsuitSubmit Comment
Screenwriter Benedict Fitzgerald sued Mel Gibson and several film companies involved with "The Passion of the Christ" for $10 million in February 2008, claiming that Gibson and others vastly understated the budget for the 2004 blockbuster, which went on to earn over $610 million.

The writer's suit claimed Gibson told him the budget for the movie would be in the $4 million to $7 million range, but that it was significantly higher ($30 million). Fitzgerald also claimed that Gibson told him he would not receive any money from the film, but considered it a gift of his faith.

His attorneys also claimed Gibson spent tens of thousands of dollars on his children's education while filming in Italy and paid a chiropractor $78,000. They contended those expenses lowered payments to Fitzgerald.

Attorneys for the actor and Academy Award-winning director contended that Gibson did not know the intricacies of the film's budget.

Now, a settlement has been reached and the June 3rd trial date has been cancelled.

Source: THR

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Ranger writes:
on May 25th, 2009 at 6:30:05 PM

Gibson spends $10 Mil on lunch!
minkowski writes:
on May 25th, 2009 at 8:12:17 PM

Jew-hating is an expensive hobby.
Dre-EL writes:
on May 25th, 2009 at 8:44:11 PM

He should have sent this movie to the oscars. Would have swept everything.
jaksyn writes:
on May 26th, 2009 at 3:23:35 AM

Donald Kaufman writes:
on May 26th, 2009 at 3:25:07 AM

Poor Fitzgerald, must have spend months, maybe years of his life coming up with that visceral tale of death and redemption. I can totally see how his original creative efforts are deserving of $10 million. Wanker.
Johnny Neat writes:
on May 26th, 2009 at 10:04:46 AM

Holy sh*t that was funny minkowski. I dig Gibson as a director but the guy is a good for a joke here and there. This is a product of greed, I think screenwriters should be given the same level of respect as a director, if not more than a director at times.
on May 26th, 2009 at 12:57:19 PM

Wow...poor baby...he might have to get 6 private jets instead of 7...waaah!!!
bluemeenie writes:
on May 26th, 2009 at 3:54:52 PM

"that Gibson told him he would not receive any money from the film, but considered it a gift of his faith." Passion of the Gullible. Jesus Christ Gibson!
bluemeenie writes:
on May 26th, 2009 at 3:55:37 PM

I think Gibsom first started his anti-semitism when he did HAMlet...
bluemeenie writes:
on May 26th, 2009 at 3:57:12 PM


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