Clint Eastwood Settles Abuse Claims
08/13/2004 AT 08:00 AM EDT
Patrick McGilligan, author of Clint: The Life and Legend, had written that Eastwood "cold-cocked" and "decked" his ex-wife, based on the tape-recorded accounts of a former Eastwood associate who claimed to have witnessed the abuse. But that associate later recanted his statements in a sworn affidavit.
Eastwood filed a $10-million libel suit against McGilligan and publisher St. Martin's Press in 2002, leading to the settlement, which was announced Thursday. The deal calls for the offending remarks to be removed from future editions, as well as other undisclosed terms.
The legendary actor – who had a brief stint as mayor of Carmel, Calif., in the late 1980s – has been mainly focused on directing films these days. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director for 2003's Mystic River, and he previously won that award for his 1992 picture, Unforgiven.