'Secret' Sharon Stone lawsuit unsealed

April 24, 2009 5:22:40 PM PDT
A civil lawsuit against Sharon Stone that had been held in secret turns out to be a routine dispute over legal fees that the judge says she sealed in error. The case was unsealed Friday after media questioned why there were no official records. The dispute over $107,000 in fees was filed by an attorney in November and settled.

Court officials released the complaint and transcripts that detail how the case remained a secret. Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis, who issued a broad order sealing the entire case, filed a document Friday stating she'd done so in error.

Court transcripts show the order was brought to the attention of Duffy-Lewis on March 19, a full month before news organizations began repeatedly requesting its release.

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