Jury sides with Costner in BP spill lawsuit

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Posted: Jun 15, 2012 2:21 AM
Updated: Jun 15, 2012 6:32 AM
Source: Associated Press

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NEW ORLEANS - Kevin Costner says his reputation was at stake as he defended himself against accusations that he cheated fellow actor Stephen Baldwin out of millions of dollars in a lucrative BP contract for oil-cleaning machines after the 2010 spill.

Baldwin and a friend were seeking $17 million in damages, saying they could have made at least that much in the deal. A federal jury sided with Costner and gave them nothing.

Costner smiled and shook his attorney's hand as a grim-faced Baldwin left the courtroom.

After a two-week trial, eight jurors deliberated for less than two hours before giving their decision in the lawsuit brought by Baldwin and his friend, Spyridon Contogouris.

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