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Sir Christopher Lee ordered to pay 640,000 to artist

Sir Christopher Lee
Sir Christopher starred in Jinnah as the founding father of Pakistan

Actor Sir Christopher Lee has been ordered to pay £640,000 by a court in Spain to an illustrator for work he did for a DVD cover.

Gerardo Moreno sued the 87-year-old claiming he was not properly paid for the DVD artwork on 1998 film Jinnah, Spanish paper El Pais reported.

The judge ordered the actor's assets to be frozen until the money is paid.

Jinnah starred Sir Christopher as the founding father of Pakistan, Muhammed Ali Jinnah.

Consent

Mr Moreno sued the actor, his official website run by agent and son-in-law Juan Aneiros, and production company The Quaid Project at a civil court in Burgos, northern Spain.

The artist said he designed and illustrated the cover for the DVD, which was released in 2004, after being hired by Aneiros with the consent of Lee and the film's producers.

Mr Moreno said he received a payment for a digital illustration of the DVD cover and was then asked to design more content including interactive menus and an informative book.

He claimed he did not receive any further payments for the work which were used again for the second edition of the DVD.

Sir Christopher and his associates were not in court for the ruling.

The actor made his name as Count Dracula in the Hammer horror films of the 1950s and 60s and has appeared in more than 220 films.



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