Source AP ©

Tim Burton's former girlfriend, Lisa Marie, must revise lawsuit

A judge ruled Tim Burton's ex-girlfriend’s lawsuit against the movie director did not sufficiently support claims that Burton had backed out of a promise to financially support her and ordered to revise it.

Lisa Marie, an actress who appeared in several of Burton's films, sued last December, alleging Burton used fraud to cheat her out of assets he promised to share with her during their nearly 10-year, live-in relationship.

Burton said he and Marie would "combine their efforts and earnings and would share equally any and all" accumulated property, her lawsuit claimed.

When Burton suddenly ended their relationship, Marie claimed she was referred to an attorney who convinced her to agree to a contract with the director. By signing it, she said, she gave up the right to make further claims to his assets. She also accused the lawyer of secretly acting on Burton's behalf.

Court papers filed by Burton's attorneys countered that the director gave Marie $5 million (EUR3.7 million) to sign the contract, which released him from any further claims to his assets. He contended that if she wanted to rescind the deal she was obligated to return the money.

Superior Court Judge Teresa Sanchez-Gordon said Marie's complaint did not sufficiently support her allegation that Burton used fraud to cheat her out of assets. The judge gave her attorneys 10 days to revise the action.

Burton directed Marie in "Ed Wood," "Mars Attack!" and "Planet of the Apes."

Comments
Russian Defense Minister speaks about war with Ukraine, US and fight for Crimea
Russian Defense Minister speaks about war with Ukraine, US and fight for Crimea
Russian Defense Minister speaks about war with Ukraine, US and fight for Crimea
Ukraine dreams of what it can do to Crimea after winning war with Russia
Default more likely to hit American, rather than Russian economy
The Sham called Democracy
The Sham called Democracy
Russian woman killed when hanging out naked of moving car in Dominican Republic
Pilot shares his impressions after flying Su-57 fifth-generation fighter
Russian government prepares to get rid of US dollar in economy
Putin in Austria: Europe doesn't like Russia very much, but it is fed up with USA too
US-Russian confrontation: War is peace, freedom is slavery
Details of Putin-Merkel surprise meeting unveiled
Russia's long-range Bastion system follows USS Carney in Black Sea waters
The insane idea in Germany: "pedophilia normal love"
US sanctions to kill Russian banks and sovereign debt?
Will Smith tells of his trip to Russia in a video
Why Russia continues investing in US public debt
USA and Turkey: The elephant kicks the barking pug aside
In Ukraine, human organs don't stink
US-Russian confrontation: War is peace, freedom is slavery