Kelsey Grammer

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Talk about your economic downturn.

Former Frasier Kelsey Grammer paid a whopping $10—less than a price of a movie ticket!—to settle a lawsuit with a screenwriter who claims Grammer swiped the idea for the 2008 comedy Swing Vote.

Plaintiff Bradley Blakeman, who had been hoping for a big-bucks payday, realized better take whatever he could get after a judge tossed the bulk of his lawsuit against the film's costar, Kevin Costner, and studio execs at Disney.

So instead of duke it out and incur additional legal expenses, the scribe agreed to the $10 payout, apparently deciding that was the best he could get, per TMZ.

Grammer's camp had previously questioned why the actor was included in the suit in the first place since he was not involved in the scriptwriting process. But Blakeman, a former staffer for President George W. Bush, claimed he had given Grammer a copy of a movie script called Go November, which was similar story-wise to what eventually ended up on screen.

Not that it really mattered. Swing Vote, about a presidential election hinging on the vote of an ordinary guy, was released in August 2008 and flopped, grossing just $16 million.


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