Mel Gibson sued $15mil by screenwriter of The Passion of the Christ

November 27th, 2008 - 2:20 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Nov 27 (ANI): American-born Aussie actor Mel Gibson has been sued by a screenwriter, who claims he was underpaid for his work on the 2004 blockbuster The Passion of the Christ.

According to a US judge, Gibson, 52, now has to answer questions about the planning and filming of his controversial movie in accordance to the lawsuit that has been brought on him.

Screenwriter Benedict Fitzgerald claims that he was underpaid, and that he seeks at least 15 million dollars from Gibson, Icon Productions, Marquis Films and others.

Fitzgeralds lawyers say that Gibson had spent tens of thousands of dollars on his children’’s education while filming in Italy, and paid a chiropractor 120,000 dollar.

As per the lawyers, those expenses caused Fitzgeralds payment to be slashed.

Added to the lawsuit was Fitzgeralds claim that Gibson had told him that he did not want to make any money off the film because he considered it a personal gift to his faith.

The screenwriters suit seeks portions of the proceeds from home video, cable, and other distribution outlets.

Meanwhile, Gibson’’s lawyers wanted to keep him from having to answer questions about the film, but on November 26 Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gregory Alarcon ordered the actor to appear for a deposition by mid-January. (ANI)

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