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Gibson settles 'Passion' writer lawsuit

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Gibson settles 'Passion' writer lawsuit

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Mel Gibson has settled a lawsuit brought by a screenwriter over his 2004 movie The Passion Of The Christ.

Writer Benedict Fitzgerald had sued Gibson for $10 million in February 2008, claiming that the star had substantially understated the budget for the blockbuster, leading him to accept a lower salary than he would normally.

Legal papers had alleged that Gibson claimed the budget would be $4 million to $7 million, but that it actually ended up being between $25 million and $50 million.

Fitzgerald added that he was later blocked from receiving profits, despite the film grossing over $600 million worldwide. He also said that Gibson had spent thousands of pounds on his children's education while filming and had paid $78,000 to a chiropractor.

Gibson was ordered to LA's Superior Court last November to answer questions about the film's budget, although several of Fitzgerald's allegations were thrown out at recent hearings.

Details of the settlement have not been revealed and neither party has commented.

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