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Gossip website wants Tarantino lawsuit thrown out

Published on Mar 12, 2014 7:59 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Gossip website Gawker has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by Quentin Tarantino seeking at least US$2 million (S$2.5 million) over the publication of a leaked screenplay for what was to be his latest movie.

In a motion for dismissal filed on Monday, Gawker Media said it only provided a link to an online location where the screenplay could be viewed, and as such did not provide a "scoop" because the document was already available.

The Pulp Fiction director announced in January that he had scrapped plans to film The Hateful Eight as his next project because the screenplay had been leaked.

He subsequently filed a lawsuit accusing Gawker of "predatory journalism" over the 146-page script.

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