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Christensen sues USA Network over 'Pains'

July 8, 2010 at 11:47 PM
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NEW YORK, July 9 (UPI) -- Canadian-born actor Hayden Christensen is suing USA Network, claiming its show "Royal Pains" is based on an idea he pitched, court records show.

The "Star Wars" and "Shattered Glass" actor claimed in a lawsuit filed this week in Manhattan federal court that the basic cable network's series borrows heavily from "Housecall," a show he discussed with NBC in 2005, the New York Post said.

NBC is the parent company of USA Network.

The Post said a USA spokeswoman declined to comment on the lawsuit.

The report didn't say what damages Christensen is seeking.

"Royal Pains," now in its second season, is about a freelance doctor who treats the medical problems of the rich and famous.