Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Claimant admits falsehoods in 'Da Vinci Code' legal battle

LONDON (AFP) - An author who claims that his theories on Christian heresies were copied in Dan Brown's best-selling "The Da Vinci Code" acknowledged in court that some of his own evidence is false. Michael Baigent, co-writer of "The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail", faced a grilling from John Baldwin, the lawyer representing publisher Random House, at the High Court here as the high-stakes copyright infringement case unfolded. Baigent and fellow author Richard Leigh are suing Random House, their own publisher, which also released "The Da Vinci Code", alleging Brown's bestseller drew heavily on their work. If they win an injunction, it could impact on the British release of a star-studded film version of Brown's fictional tale of murder and conspiracy in the Roman Catholic Church. [More]


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