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Conan O & # 39; Brien settles joke-theft trial weeks before the trial

May 10, 2019 Entertainment 2 Views Breaking News Emails Get urgent news alerts and special reports. May 10, 2019, 07:50 UTC By Associated Press SAN DIEGO – Conan O & # 39; Brien has made peace Brien and several co-defendants, including his writing staff , agreed Thursday to settle a lawsuit with California writer Robert Kaseberg, who claimed the speech show host stole five jokes from his Twitter feed and blog for O & # 39; Briens monologues at his TBS show, "Conan." Lawyers for both sides filed documents in the San Diego federal court announcing an agreement had been reached about three weeks before a trial it would have seen Brien, his sidekick Andy Richter and other known names called to the stand. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The jealousy was rare from the beginning and Brien also gave it an unusual ending and explained why he settled in a column in Variety rather than choosing privacy Common in Hollywood processes. O & # 39; Brien insists that he and his co-workers never heard of Kaseberg, his blog or his Twitter account before the trial and does not steal any jokes. But he didn't want "a dangerous and expensive jury trial in the federal court over five jokes that didn't even matter anymore." "Short of murder is stealing material the worst that any comic can be accused of" Brien writes. "If I had one second thought that any of my writers brought material from someone else,…

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SAN DIEGO – Conan O & # 39; Brien has made peace

Brien and several co-defendants, including his writing staff , agreed Thursday to settle a lawsuit with California writer Robert Kaseberg, who claimed the speech show host stole five jokes from his Twitter feed and blog for O & # 39; Briens monologues at his TBS show, “Conan.”

Lawyers for both sides filed documents in the San Diego federal court announcing an agreement had been reached about three weeks before a trial it would have seen Brien, his sidekick Andy Richter and other known names called to the stand. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The jealousy was rare from the beginning and Brien also gave it an unusual ending and explained why he settled in a column in Variety rather than choosing privacy Common in Hollywood processes.

O & # 39; Brien insists that he and his co-workers never heard of Kaseberg, his blog or his Twitter account before the trial and does not steal any jokes. But he didn’t want “a dangerous and expensive jury trial in the federal court over five jokes that didn’t even matter anymore.”

“Short of murder is stealing material the worst that any comic can be accused of” Brien writes. “If I had one second thought that any of my writers brought material from someone else, I would have fired that author immediately, personally apologizing and making financial compensation.”

Kaseberg released a statement saying he was happy with the friendly resolution.

“As a professional comedy writer, all I want to do is make people laugh and stand up for the things I believe in,” Kaseberg said. “I am proud, my case has helped lift an issue that is facing all comedians and is pleased to have contributed to contributing to the legal precedent on the issue of protection of jokes.”

One of Kaseberg’s jokes that closely resembled Brien was about 201

5 Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady gives the truck that goes by the title of Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll, whose coaching decision believes many are the biggest cause Brady New England Patriots won.

“Trust me, Pete Carroll gags were cool back in 2015, O & # 39; writes Brien.

Brien said the similarity of this and the other lines of the trial is simply the result of the same comedian landing on the same newsy joke, a phenomenon that has exploded with social media. 19659003] Brien writes that he wants to stand up for the integrity of his “incredibly hard-working and decent” team of writers.

“As I wrote several years ago, O & # 39; No inheritance is as rich as honesty. “Of course, William Shakespeare now tells us that he tweeted it in 1603.”

But O & # 39; Brien writes, Shakespeare “can talk to my lawyers”.

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