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Producers win Last Samurai court case

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Apr 07, 2012 | 5:30am EDT

Writers Aaron and Matthew Benay filed suit in 2005, insisting a script they wrote in 2000, also called The Last Samurai, was used as a template for the hit Cruise movie.

Film executives Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick disputed the brothers' claims that they had sent a script to their production company Bedford Falls, and, after a seven-day jury trial in Los Angeles, they were vindicated of the accusations on Friday (06Apr12).

Herskovitz tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Ed and I are extremely relieved. It's hard to live under a cloud of false accusations for so many years. The fact that the jury said we never even saw the script - justice has been done."

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