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Michael Crawford Settles Lawsuit

April 10, 2002

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LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Michael Crawford, the former star of ``EFX,″ has settled his lawsuit against the MGM Grand hotel-casino.

According to court records, the terms of the settlement, which has yet to be signed by all parties, are confidential.

Crawford left the show in August 1996 because of a hip injury that required surgery in December 1996. He learned then that the injuries suffered while working on ``EFX″ were extensive and required a hip replacement, according to court documents.

Crawford, who parlayed his stardom in Broadway’s ``Phantom of the Opera″ into a $150,000-a-week role in the ``EFX″ production, sued the resort in January 1998.

Because the injuries were alleged to have occurred well before Crawford left the show, attorneys for the MGM Grand argued during a court hearing in 1999 that he missed the two-year deadline for filing legal action by six months.

Crawford’s lawyers countered that the eventual hip replacement surgery was caused by ``repetitive trauma″ suffered over performances.

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