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Connery settles fraud suit

Los Angeles, Oct. 30 (AFP): Superstar Sean Connery has agreed to an “amicable resolution” of a $17-million fraud lawsuit he brought against the producers of his movie Endgame, both sides said.

The 73-year-old Scot actor and the original James Bond screen spy withdrew his suit against Mandalay Pictures and its chairman, Hollywood mogul Peter Guber, both sides announced yesterday. According to a joint statement, the settlement includes a dismissal of Connery’s lawsuit, as well as Mandalay’s countersuit and “withdrawal of all allegations of fraud.”

The actor sued a year ago, alleging that Mandalay fraudulently purported to be in a position to finance the action thriller which he had agreed to star in for a $17-million fee.

He accused Mandalay of stringing him along for two years “in an attempt to hold themselves out to the entertainment industry as a viable production company,” and claimed that Guber cut off all communication with him as production was due to begin, leaving him in the dark.

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