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Thursday, 16 August, 2001, 12:05 GMT 13:05 UK
Hudson sues ex-assistant
Kate Hudson in Almost Famous
Kate Hudson claimed her assistant spent her money
Oscar-nominated actress Kate Hudson is suing her former personal assistant, claiming that she secretly spent $63,000 of the star's money on herself.

The 22-year-old star of Almost Famous has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court.

It claims the ex-assistant, named as Margaret Miller, spent the money on luxuries including limousines, hotel rooms and plane tickets, often while Hudson was away.

Miller herself could not be reached to comment on the case yesterday.

Margaret Miller worked for Kate Hudson from July 1999 to March of this year.

The lawsuit says: "During her period of employment Miller utilized her position of control and access to plaintiff's charge and bank accounts to misappropriate, convert and divert in excess of $63,000 (43,554) to Miller's personal use ... without plaintiff's knowledge, authorization or consent."

Oscar winner

Hudson, who is nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of devoted groupie, seeks restitution and damages from her former personal assistant.

Hudson is the daughter of Oscar-winner Goldie Hawn and musician Bill Hudson.

Her entry onto the Hollywood A-list would seem to have been guaranteed.

In Almost Famous, Cameron Crowe's semi-autobiographical movie about a fictional 1970s rock band on the road, she plays rock groupie Penny Lane.

Goldie Hawn
Goldie Hawn: Hudson is used to the comparisons

The film has been a massive hit with the critics and won Hudson a prestigious Golden Globe for best supporting actress.

She has already received praise from Crowe. He described her as "a fun-loving girl who just captured the mood".

Small parts

Kate has said her mother's main influence has been "just being a great parent".

Since her mother's split with Bill Hudson when Kate was three, she has thought of her step-father Kurt Russell as "Pa".

Chris Robinson and Kate Hudson
Hudson has married rock star Chris Robinson

She had only small film parts before Almost Famous and went into overdrive to secure the plum part in the movie.

Hudson is married to Chris Robinson, singer with the rock band Black Crowes.

She is currently filming period war epic the Four Feathers.

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Director Crowe's Famous venture
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