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Mel Gibson's lawsuit over 'Professor and the Madman' deepens, as director says producer defamed him in comments to L.A. Times

Mel Gibson's lawsuit over 'Professor and the Madman' deepens, as director says producer defamed him in comments to L.A. Times

The legal battle over the Mel Gibson movie "The Professor and the Madman" has grown messier, with a new complaint filed Tuesday by director Farhad Safinia alleging copyright infringement and defamation against Voltage Pictures, one of the production companies behind the independently financed movie.

Safinia directed and wrote the screenplay for "Professor," a period drama that tells the story of Scottish academic James Murray (Gibson), who set about to compile the Oxford English Dictionary with the help of Dr. William Chester Minor (Sean Penn), an American Civil War veteran who was in an asylum for the criminally insane.

In a federal court lawsuit filed...

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