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Omar Sharif Refuses To Pay Civil Judgement

07/17/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Egyptian actor Omar Sharif will refuse to pay a 455,000-dollar civil judgement made against him stemming from a scuffle with a Beverly Hills valet, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday.

A lawyer who represented Sharif in the case told the Times that his former client had no intention of paying the settlement because he believed he was "being shaken down" on the basis of his celebrity.

"His position is that the judgement is never going to be collected," lawyer Martin Singer told the daily.

Sharif, 76, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery and was sentenced to two years probation in the criminal case stemming from his skirmish with valet Juan Ochoa Anderson outside a steakhouse in 2005.

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