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Clint Eastwood settles bio dispute

Aug. 13, 2004 at 11:53 AM

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor/director Clint Eastwood settled a libel lawsuit for $10 million over an unauthorized biography that claimed he beat his wife.

Eastwood's attorneys confirmed Thursday the lawsuit has been dropped against author Patrick McGilligan and St. Martin's Press for the 2002 publication of "Clint: The Life and Legend," E! Online reported Friday.

Eastwood sued McGilligan, who has authored biographies of actors James Cagney and Jack Nicholson, and the publisher for allegations in the book that the 74-year-old celebrity "coldcocked" and "decked" his first wife, Maggie Eastwood, whom he divorced in 1980 after a 25-year marriage.

Eastwood denied the claim, which reportedly came from an interview with Fritz Manes, who worked with Eastwood on "Escape from Alcatraz" and "Bronco Billy."

Manes later disavowed the claims in a sworn affidavit, which led to McGilligan and St. Martin's agreeing to settle the lawsuit.

St. Martin's also agreed to remove any references to Manes' information in future printings of the biography, as well as making other changes required by Eastwood.

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