War Veteran Ordered To Pay Hurt Locker Suit Fees

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December 9, 2011 | 7:30am EST

An Iraq war veteran who lost his lawsuit against The Hurt Locker movie bosses has been ordered to pay more than $180,000 in legal fees.
Sergeant Jeffrey Sarver sued director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, alleging the Oscar-winning war film was based on his experiences as a bomb disposal expert and portrayed him in a false light.

A district judge dismissed Sarver’s case in October, ruling the drama’s value was “derived from the creativity and skill of the writers, directors, and producers”.

Now Sarver has been told he must pay the filmmakers’ expenses, including $38,000 for Boal and Bigelow, $90,000 for The Hurt Locker producers, and $59,000 for the distributor, Summit Entertainment.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sarver plans to appeal against the ruling.