Sometimes, Hollywood is odder than the plot lines it produces.In 2010, Stephen Baldwin sued Kevin Costner, claiming the actor tricked him into prematurely selling off profitable shares in a company that builds machines designed to clean up oil spills.
Baldwin is suing Costner claiming that the “Field of Dreams” actor duped Baldwin and a friend out of their shares of an $18 million deal for BP to buy oil-separating centrifuges after the April 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Costner, who has been involved with centrifugal devices for more than 15 years and even has a machine called the “Costner Solution” which he claims “could give us a fighting chance to fight back the oil before it got us by the throat,” first became interested in technology that could separate oil from water after starring in 1995’s “Waterworld.”
When the 2010 oil spill occurred, Baldwin and other investors joined Costner in creating a new company called Ocean Therapy Solutions, which marketed the centrifuges to BP.
Now Baldwin is saying that he was left out of an important June 8 meeting in which BP agreed to make an $18 million deposit for 32 of Costner’s devices.
Baldwin, who previously owned 10 per cent of Ocean Therapy Solutions, claims he was deceived into letting go of his shares in the company—one day before the BP deal was finalised.
And despite testifying before Congress in the name of the centrifugal devices, Costner has now filed for dismissal of the lawsuit, saying he’s just the famous face of the company and actually has nothing to do with it.
Watch the two arrive to court yesterday in New Orleans.
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