Costner settles lawsuit over movie deal

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Kevin Costner has wrapped up his latest role -- plaintiff in a lawsuit.

Costner has settled his 2 1/2-year-old lawsuit that claimed Ascendant Pictures broke an oral agreement to pay him $8 million to star in a romantic comedy called "Taming Ben Taylor."

Details of the settlement were not made public.

The movie, about a divorced man who refuses to sell his failing vineyard to a neighboring golf course, was never made.

Notice of the settlement of Costner's suit and a cross-complaint filed by the Beverly Hills production company were contained in court documents filed Monday by Costner's attorney, William A. Bossen.

The cross-complaint alleged fraud and was filed against Creative Artists Agency, the talent agency that represented Costner.

Bossen confirmed Wednesday that the case was settled recently but declined to provide further details.

A call to Robert N. Treiman, who represented Ascendant Pictures, was not immediately returned.
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