Costner, Baldwin Face Off in Court

Embroiled in a real-life legal drama, Hollywood actors Kevin Costner and Stephen Baldwin appeared in court on Monday as the jury selection began for Baldwin’s lawsuit against Costner over investments in technology used to try to clean up BP’s 2010 oil spill. Baldwin, 46, filed suit against Costner, 57, in December 2010, claiming the Waterworld actor cheated him and a friend out of their shares in the $18 million deal for BP to buy oil-separating devices following the spill. Baldwin, who is seeking more than $21 million in damages, claims he and his pal didn’t know about the deal when they agreed to sell their shares for $1.4 million and $500,000 respectively. Costner, who says he didn’t know they were negotiating to sell their shares, is also seeking damages in counterclaims.