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Van Damme Testifies in Dux Lawsuit

November 3, 1998 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Hauled into court, Jean-Claude Van Damme denied trying to keep a writer’s name off the film credits of ``The Quest.″

The 38-year-old action star testified Monday in a lawsuit filed by Frank Dux, a martial arts expert who accuses Van Damme of not paying $1.5 million in profits from the 1996 movie.

The lawsuit claims Dux co-wrote a screenplay that became ``The Quest″ and that Van Damme promised to share profits. His name appears next to Van Damme in screen credits as ``story by″ but not as the writer.

``If it were up to you, Mr. Dux’s name wouldn’t have appeared within miles of `The Quest,′ isn’t that true?″ Dux’s lawyer, Steven Kramer, asked.

``It’s a lie,″ Van Damme said.

The actor left the court shortly after wrapping up his testimony to return to work on another film.