Gibson Settles Passion Suit
Mel Gibson has settled a lawsuit with the screenwriter of his religious epic PASSION OF THE CHRIST.
Benedict Fitzgerald, who co-wrote the 2004 film, filed suit against the actor/director in 2008, maintaining the superstar had cheated him out of millions of dollars in potential earnings.
He alleged he was only paid $75,000 (£50,000) and had to borrow hundreds of thousands from Gibson to cover his expenses. The Passion Of The Christ went on to gross an estimated $600 million (£400 million) worldwide.
Fitzgerald claimed he should have been paid a fee more in line with the true cost of the movie, and asked a judge to force Gibson to come up with the accounts.
The matter was settled on Monday (18May09), reports TMZ.com. No details were released.