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March 12, 1987| Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Talking with reporters during a break in his Mineola, N.Y., trial, Eddie Murphy compared his former agent Wednesday to "the guy with the big cigar who turns around and says, 'I'll make you a big star'." Murphy, 25, said theatrical agent Irving King Broder, who is suing him for $30 million, "got me four gigs in bars on Long Island, places where I never should have been because of my age." The comedian said the trial is "an aggravation--it's like one of those headache things. I have to sit here and hear him tell lie after lie." Murphy added: "I've spent more money on lawyer's fees than if I had agreed to settle and had paid Broder." Broder claims Murphy owes him 25% of his earnings from 1980 through 1986.

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