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Wednesday, 2 May, 2001, 12:45 GMT 13:45 UK
Travolta settles lawsuits
John Travolta
All sides are said to be happy with the settlement
Actor John Travolta has reached an out-of-court settlement after trading lawsuits with two production companies.

Mandalay Entertainment and Liteoffer sued the Pulp Fiction star in 1996 for breach of contract when he walked off the set of Roman Polanski's The Double, which was never finished.

Travolta counter-sued Mandalay, claiming they went back on an agreement for the actor to star in Donnie Brasco, which was eventually made with Al Pacino and Johnny Depp.

John Travolta in Battlefield Earth
Travolta was nominated for an Oscar for Saturday Night Fever
Richard Posell, who represented Travolta in the cases, said the lawsuits were settled "to everyone's satisfaction".

He did not reveal the terms, adding: "The relationship is one that everyone wanted to preserve and maintain."

The production companies had claimed that Travolta verbally agreed to star in The Double for $17m (£11.8m) but walked off after his character was rewritten.

Director Polanski was filming it in France at the time, but the film was never completed.

Travolta then counter-sued Mandalay over the Donnie Brasco role he claimed he was offered.

Travolta in Battlefield Earth
Battlefield Earth was co-produced by Travolta
Marty Katz, a lawyer for Liteoffer, confirmed that the lawsuits were settled but also declined to discuss the specifics of that deal.

Travolta shot to fame in the 1970s and has been nominated for Oscars for his roles in Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction.

But his recent career has not been so successful - he won Worst Film of the Year for last year's Battlefield Earth at the 21st Golden Raspberry awards.

His latest feature, Lucky Numbers, was not a success in the States and is due out in the UK later this year.

Lucky Numbers is a romantic comedy in which Travolta stars alongside Friends' Lisa Kudrow, and will be followed by Swordfish, a spy drama.

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