In a real-life "Waterworld" war, actoris currently battling fellow actor in court over a BP oil spill clean-up gig gone sour.
Sorry, that was a mouthful but I had to get it all in there. The "Waterworld" star is forced to defend his honor in court starting Tuesday because Stephen Baldwin, the youngest Baldwin brother, has accused him of outfoxing he and his partner during a deal over cleaning up the disastrous BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago.
The drama is unfolding in a New Orleans courtroom where Baldwin claims that Costner dupped him into selling his shares too early so that he Costner could rake in the many millions from the venture. Baldwin says he stands to lose as much as $18 million in the now contentious deal, CNN reported on Wednesday.
According to the New York Post , the "Flintstones" actor, along with another investor, Spyridon Contogouris, are seeking more than $21 million in damages. They say they sold their shares for a paltry $1.4 million and $500,000 not knowing that Costner and his partners at Ocean Solutions had made a hush-hush deal with BP execs for an up front $18 million and an overall $52 million for 32 devices.
"Dances With Wolves" star Costner and his partners are countersuing, calling Baldwin's suit "frivolous" and "upsetting.".(Read more here: Baldwin bro vs. slick Kev: sues Costner over oil ... - New York Post).
On Tuesday, the presiding judge Martin L.C. Feldman admonished the jurors not to "get star-struck" over the celebrity players in this case.
The case centers around the centrifuges Costner has been working on for over 12 years before the catastrophic oil spill occurred. He has reportedly spent more than $20 million of his money to help develop this device he claims can lift the oil from the waters of the gulf successfully.
The actor even travelled to Washington to plead his case for the BP clean-up, tearing up at times while addressing a Senate committee in June 2010 a few months after the fatal explosion of the rigs in April.
The company behind what some have called a revolutionary new technology is Oceans Therapy Solution and eventually some of the devices were used in the Gulf clean-up, although Costner had urged Congress that they needed about 90 to do the job. (Click on the video above to se him address the committee on Capitol Hill).