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George Clooney Lawsuit on Hold

The French lawsuit against Hollywood star George Clooney and Warner Bros. has been delayed until May 29 for procedural reasons.

Clooney, who won Best Supporting Actor at this year’s Academy Awards for his role in oil thriller Syriana, is being sued by screenwriter Stephanie Vergniault over allegations the film was copied.

The Ocean’s Eleven star claims to have drawn inspiration from C.I.A. agent Robert Baer‘s book See No Evil, but Vergniault insists Clooney stole from her 2002 script called Oversight.

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Vergniault is demanding 35 percent of the film’s earnings in France and the United States.

A Warner Bros. spokesman has slammed her accusations as “without merit,” adding, “We will defend our position in court.”

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