( AP )- Mel Gibson has been slapped with a major fraud & breach of contract lawsuit filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court. Benedict Fitzgerald claims that he was hired to write a script for "The Passion of the Christ" for Gibson. He says that in their original negotiations, Gibson said he was going to pay for the film himself, and "because he was so rich," he wouldn't take a cut of any profits, but that they would be divided among the other people who worked on the movie. Also, he claims, because Gibson "considered [the movie] a personal gift to his faith."
But it doesn't end there. Fitzgerald, after lengthily describing his own Catholicism and fervent belief in the project (which he claims is how he got hired in the first place), says Gibson "preyed monetarily" on him, "making a mockery of his own [Gibson's] purported belief system" and "callously and greedily exploited" Fitzgerald. Gibson "shamelessly minted and cobbled gobbles of money from The Passion." Fitzgerald claims duplicitous book-keeping on the movie "added further hundreds of millions to the Gibson Empire", and that "this labyrinth was designed...to...further lin[e] Gibson's already stuffed pockets."