It wasn't quite as dramatic as Waterworld, but Kevin Costner has
triumphed over actor Stephen Baldwin in a battle over ownership
of centrifuge machines created to clean up oil spills.
Costner invested millions to develop the machines in the early
1990s after filming the post-apocalyptic film Waterworld. But the
business never really took off, according to court records
Baldwin and a business partner then invested in the company
hastily set up to market the machines after the April 20, 2010
explosion which sank the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon drilling rig
in the Gulf of Mexico.
It sparked the worst accidental oil spill in history, but BP was
not initially interested in the machines.
Baldwin and his business partner agreed to sell their stake in
the company after clashing over the best way to sell them.
But BP then placed an order for 32 of the machines at a cost of
$52 million a day later.
Baldwin and his partner cried foul and sued for millions --
arguing in court that Costner and his associates deliberately cut
them out to keep them from sharing in the proceeds.
A federal jury disagreed in its ruling handed down late Thursday.
"It was my good luck that they saw the truth of this story,"
Costner told reporters after the verdict.
Baldwin - a devout Christian -- expressed his disappointment in a
tweet: "Thanks 2 all my bro's & sisters in Christ4 prayers
love & support! Throughout this trial I have prayed4 Kevin's
salvation & will continue."
The centrifuge machines were never actually used by BP but
Costner continues to push for better oil spill cleanup solutions.