Mel Gibson's efforts to avoid giving a deposition in a lawsuit over a failed movie has finally been thwarted — he's been ordered by a judge to finally show up for questioning.
As The Blast first reported, Voltage Productions filed documents as part of their ongoing legal battle over a movie gone wrong, slamming Gibson for giving them the run around on his deposition.
On Wednesday, a judge in the case ordered Gibson to give his deposition on August 23, 2018.
Voltage previously claimed they were told Mel Gibson would be spending the entire month of August in Australia shooting a film and could not be burdened with flying 14 hours to Los Angeles and back to sit for a deposition.
However, they claim days later they discovered Gibson had actually flown into L.A. after vacationing in Fiji but ignored any requests to schedule a time to sit and talk.
Producers had been worried that the approaching discovery deadline of August 30 would not give them enough time to conduct a deposition.
Gibson’s Icon Productions has been locked in an ongoing legal battle with Voltage Productions over “The Professor and the Madman,” about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary.
The film, starring Gibson and Sean Penn, was brought to a screeching halt after the controversial Australian movie star, and director Farhad Safinia, got into a heated disagreement with the producers over budget and location shoots.
It spiraled out of control and ended with the production shutting down and lawsuits being fired like missiles. Gibson’s Icon claimed Voltage Productions reneged on their deal to let Safinia finish shooting the project, and sued for breach of contract.
Gibson recently took a hard loss in court, when the judge in the case ruled that his legal team provided insufficient evidence to support the claim that Voltage breached the contract.
The case is ongoing.