LOS ANGELES (AP) – Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire have been sued by a producer who claims the two actors blocked distribution of a 1995 independent film they starred in.

John Schindler says the actors warned potential distributors that DiCaprio wouldn’t work with them on other projects if they released “Don’s Plum,” a low-budget, black-and-white film about a group of friends hanging out at a diner.

The Superior Court complaint, filed Friday, claims they wrongly deny the movie was meant for commercial release and seeks $38 million and unspecified damages.

Messages left with DiCaprio’s publicist, Ken Sunshine, and Maguire’s publicist, Kelly Bush, weren’t immediately returned Monday.

In 1999, DiCaprio and Maguire settled a $10 million lawsuit with another producer who accused them of using DiCaprio’s superstar status to prevent the movie’s release.

The agreement with producer David Stutman allowed for distribution outside the United States, Canada and the countries’ territories.

The actors have said they made the film as a “favor to a friend” and did so under the agreement that it would never be promoted as a feature-length movie.

YOUNG BUCK BUSTED

A rapper, known simply enough as Young Buck, but born David Darnell Brown, was arrested and charged Monday with assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly stabbing one Jimmy James Johnson in retaliation after the latter gentleman allegedly punched Buck’s mentor, Dr. Dre, at the Vibe Awards in November.

The fracas, which sparked a melee, occurred at the Nov. 15 show just as Dre was about to accept a lifetime-achievement award.

Brown, 23, is free on $500,000 bail. The district attorney’s office said it also has filed an assault charge against Johnson, 26, who is in custody on a parole violation.


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