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Pair file suit over ‘Liar’

Producers Aaron Russo and Heidi Gregg have sued producers of the film “Liar, Liar,” charging that their ideas were used without permission.

Russo and Gregg, in a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, said they hired a screenwriter to write a screenplay based on Russo’s story idea about an attorney who, because of his son’s wish, must tell the truth.

Russo, almost two years after that, told producer Brian Grazer about the story and sent him a copy of the screenplay, according to the suit.

Grazer allegedly kept the script for months but said he was not interested in the story, the suit said.

In March 1997, however, Grazer, Imagine Entertainment, and Universal City Studios Inc. released “Liar, Liar,” which Russo contends is based on his ideas.

The suit seeks $25 million in compensatory damages and unspecified punitive damages.

Universal and Grazer could not be reached for comment late Wednesday.

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