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Quentin Tarantino sues over script leak

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QUENTIN Tarantino is suing Gawker for leaking his script for 'The Hateful Eight'.

The Oscar winning 'Django Unchained' director decided to pull the plug on the proposed cowboy film last week when it leaked, and is now suing the website which made it widely available on the internet.

The lawsuit states: "Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people's rights to make a buck ... This time they went too far.

"Rather than merely publishing a news story reporting that Plaintiff's screenplay may have been circulating in Hollywood without his permission, Gawker Media crossed the journalistic line by promoting itself to the public as the first source to read the entire Screenplay illegally."

The director is demanding at least $1 million for Gawkers actions. The site was not the original source of the script leak, but Quentin blames them for making it available to the public, despite having said he was planning to publish it himself.

Quentin, 50, said he had only given the script for 'The Hateful Eight' to six people, including 'Reservoir Dogs' stars Michael Madsen and Tim Roth, veteran actor Bruce Dern and Reggie Hudlin, a producer on 'Django Unchained'. He said he believes one must have let their agent see it, who subsequently sent it on.

He told Deadline.com: "I'm very, very depressed. I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn't mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it to six people, and apparently it's gotten out.

"I don't know how these f***ing agents work, but I'm not making this [film] next. I'll move on to the next thing. I've got 10 more where that came from."

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