Judge Dismisses ‘Shape Of Water’ Lawsuit Waged During Final Oscar Voting Against Guillermo Del Toro’s Best Picture Winner

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Deadline—EXCLUSIVE: A federal judge has dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit filed by the estate of playwright Paul Zindel accusing filmmaker Guillermo del Toro of appropriating plot elements from Let Me Hear You Whisper in his Oscar-winning film The Shape of Water. The suit was filed and fanned for maximum publicity on the day that Academy voters began filling out their final ballots for major category nominees, this after an ask for a settlement was rebuffed by Fox Searchlight…

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