Oct 15, 2014 1:55 PM
College to pay writer $26,000 for rescinded invite
The Associated Press
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) A California community college has agreed to pay Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black $26,000 not to sue after the school rescinded an invitation to speak at commencement.
The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday (http://lat.ms/1CneRF9 ) that Pasadena City College officials were concerned about the school's image after a stolen sex video with Black was posted online.
Black, who wrote the screenplay for "Milk," ultimately delivered the May 9 address at his alma mater after he wrote a letter in the student newspaper hinting at legal action and trustees apologized and invited him back.
The Times obtained a copy of an agreement then-college President Mark W. Rocha signed the day before the May 9 speech to pay Black $26,050.
Both sides agreed not to extensively discuss the deal publicly.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com