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Journalist, filmmakers settle lawsuit

September 20, 2008|From the Associated Press

The former NBC reporter who became known as the Scud Stud during the first Gulf War has settled a lawsuit against the makers of "Charlie Wilson's War" over footage used in the Tom Hanks-Julia Roberts movie.

Arthur Kent, whose live reports on Iraq's Scud missile attacks on Saudia Arabia made him a celebrity, claimed in a lawsuit filed last April that Universal Studios and others violated his intellectual property rights by using without his consent segments of a 1986 news program he made about the Soviet Union's war in Afghanistan.

Terms of the settlement are confidential.

"I am very pleased with the terms of the settlement. I brought these actions only to uphold the copyright protection of my work, my voice and my archive, and to make clear that I do not endorse the account of historical events conveyed by the movie," Kent said.

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