Wil­fred star or­dered to pay $750k

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News -

WIL­FRED star Ja­son Gann has been or­dered by a US court to pay a former bus driver $750,000 for punch­ing him in the face at Derby Day over a decade ago.

Joseph Hosny was driv­ing a shut­tle bus at the Mel­bourne race day in 2007, when he told an in­tox­i­cated Gann that his bus was full and the ac­tor and his part­ner would have to wait for the next one. Gann re­peat­edly punched Hosny in the face, plead­ing guilty to as­sault charges.

He was then or­dered to pay dam­ages of $325,000.

But af­ter re­lo­cat­ing to the United States for an Amer­i­can ver­sion of Wil­fred star­ring Eli­jah Wood, Gann re­fused to pay the dam­ages or the cost of Hosny’s le­gal fees.

In a bid for his six-fig­ure com­pen­sa­tion, Hosny com­menced le­gal pro­ceed­ings in the USA.

This week, Cal­i­for­nian Su­pe­rior Court judge Elaine Mandel or­dered he pay Hosny $US594,452 — more than $750,000 — plus in­ter­est for ev­ery year he fails to pay.

In 2014 Hosny was con­victed of se­cretly work­ing while be­ing on work­ers’ com­pen­sa­tion fol­low­ing the as­sault.

Ja­son Gann.

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