Date: 25th June 2003
Sean Penn has won a legal battle against Steve Bing.
The two men were suing each other over their failed collaboration on a film called Why Men Shouldn't Marry, which hasn't yet been made.
Penn sued Bing for £6m, accusing the producer of sacking him for vocally opposing the recent war in Iraq, reports Sky news.
But Bing countersued, alleging the actor tried to extort money for a film role he never accepted.
A Los Angeles judge has ruled Bing cannot sue Penn for attempted civil extortion as the claim does not exist in California law.
The producer also claims that Penn broke a promise to waive script approval so Woody Allen would agree to undertake the project.
Bing said the money he is seeking will repay his pre-production costs and Allen's salary.
Source: Press Release