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    Morgan Freeman Plays the Blame Game in Crash Suit

    Morgan Freeman AP Photo/Kristie Bull/Graylock.com

    UPDATE: A trial date has been set for Aug. 9, 2010, in Oxford, Miss.
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    Morgan Freeman is looking for a little lawsuit redemption.

    The Oscar winner adamantly denies nearly all of the allegations put forth by an acquaintance who has sued him for negligence after they were in a rollover crash together last August.

    In fact, the only thing he admits to is that a crash occurred while he was behind the wheel of plaintiff Demaris Meyer's 1997 Nissan Maxima, according to court documents filed Friday on Freeman's behalf in Mississippi.

    But while Meyer's suit states that Freeman lost control of the car after knocking back several drinks during the night, his lawyer argues that they'll show Meyer was "comparatively negligent."

    The filing doesn't explain why that is, nor does it address Meyer's public claims that Freeman hung her out to dry when it came to the postcrash rumors that she broke up his 24-year marriage.

    Meyer maintains that she had just met the Million Dollar Baby star earlier that night and that, though she had been invited to spend the night at the sonorous actor's estate, she was just going to sleep on one of the smaller houses on the property to avoid a long drive home in the middle of the night.

    "I had hoped and prayed that Mr. Freeman or his representatives would have set the record straight and cleared my name, but they have not done so and that is why I have chosen to come forward to tell the truth about our relationship," she said upon filing her complaint in February.

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