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Robin Williams loses $6 million lawsuit

By Matthew Belloni

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Robin Williams has fired blanks in his lawsuit against an independent producer over an alleged $6 million deal to star in "Cop Out" (formerly titled "A Couple of Dicks").

Williams' loan-out company Fiat Risus sued Gold Circle Films in October 2008 in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming the actor was hired to star in the action-comedy before Gold Circle put the movie on ice. Williams said he had a "pay-or-play" deal, meaning he would be paid even if the movie did not get made.

Warner Bros. made the film with Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan and will release it February 26.

In defending the lawsuit, Gold Circle claimed it never finalized a deal with Williams and presented evidence that its business affairs executive sent an e-mail to the Williams camp saying the company "did not agree to all of the terms set forth in the Deal Memorandum," according to Thursday's ruling by Judge Joanne O'Donnell. That and other evidence was enough for O'Donnell to grant Gold Circle's motion for summary judgment, effectively ending the case.

"It's unfortunate that Robin Williams' attorneys insisted on pursuing this lawsuit when it never should have been filed in the first place," said Gold Circle lawyer Michael Holtz. "We always believed this case lacked merit, and the court obviously agreed. Based on the court's ruling, we intend to seek recovery of Gold Circle's costs and attorneys' fees."

Williams' lawyers did not return a call seeking comment.

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