Gawker Media said Monday afternoon it's not responsible for the online leak of Quentin Tarantino's screenplay for "The Hateful Eight" and will fight his copyright lawsuit, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Tarantino's suit, filed Monday morning in Los Angeles, accuses the website of "predatory journalism" and being responsible for the script appearing on a number of websites. The script leaked last week after Tarantino showed it to a handful of Hollywood insiders.

"I gave it to one of the producers on 'Django Unchained,' Reggie Hudlin, and he let an agent come to his house and read it," Tarantino told Deadline Hollywood. "That's a betrayal, but not crippling because the agent didn't end up with the script."

Tarantino said he also gave it to three actors who could potentially star in the film.

"Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth," Tarantino said. "The one I know didn't do this is Tim Roth. One of the others let their agent read it, and that agent has now passed it on to everyone in Hollywood. I don't know how these (expletive) agents work, but I'm not making this next. I'm going to publish it, and that's it for now. I give it out to six people, and if I can't trust them to that degree, then I have no desire to make it. I'll publish it. I'm done. I'll move on to the next thing. I've got 10 more where that came from."

I didn't see the screenplay, but I bet it has guns in it. Maybe even cursing.


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Tarantino told Deadline Hollywood he thinks Dern's CAA agent is behind the leak. Deadline spoke to sources at CAA, who deny the leak came from their office. The CAA source told Fleming that Tarantino himself is probably behind the leak.

Either way, Tarantino is going after Gawker.

According to the LA Times, the suit says that "rather than merely publishing a news story reporting that plaintiff's screenplay may have been circulating in Hollywood without his permission, Gawker Media crossed the journalistic line by promoting itself to the public as the first source to read the entire screenplay illegally."

In a post titled "Quentin Tarantino Sues Gawker Over Link to Script He Wants Online," Gawker editor John Cook said the company didn't publish or leak the script, but only posted links to it on the file-sharing sites AnonFiles and Scribd.

"Gawker had nothing to do with the appearance of 'The Hateful Eight' script on the Internet," Cook wrote. "No one at Gawker transmitted (the script) -- or anything else at all -- to AnonFiles. No one at Gawker encouraged anyone to do so. No one at Gawker has any earthly idea how AnonFiles obtained a copy."

Cook wrote that Tarantino himself "deliberately turned the leak into a story" by approaching Deadline Hollywood. He argued that Gawker published the links "because it was news."

"We'll be fighting this one," he wrote.

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