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Luke Wilson wins court battle

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Luke Wilson wins court battle

Luke Wilson has won a court battle against his former personal assistant.

Charles Lodi, who was accused by the 43-year-old actor of committing identity theft, stealing approximately $75,000 of personal property and making almost $90,000 in unauthorised purchases on his credit cards - has been ordered to pay the 'Old School' star $438,000 in damages.

But Luke is said to have little chance of ever getting the money because Lodi never responded to the lawsuit, according to gossip website TMZ.com.

The 'Family Stone' star began suing Lodi in March, claiming he immediately fired the PA last April after three years of working together when he allegedly discovered the stolen funds.

In previous court documents, his lawyer stated: "Wilson trusted Mr. Lodi as his friend, and believed Mr. Lodi had his best interest at heart. Because Defendant's duties as Mr. Wilson's personal assistant required Mr. Lodi to make purchases on Mr. Wilson's behalf for such things as travel arrangements to and from location and other personal errands, Mr. Lodi was added as an authorised signatory on Mr. Wilson's personal Visa credit card."

But he alleged Lodi also gained access to his bank cards and used them as "his own personal piggybank" to pay for hotels, first-class flights, wedding expenses, golf and ski equipment, electronics and restaurants.

The 'Skeleton Twins' star had originally sought $135,000 for breach of contract and invasion of privacy, plus the return of his personal property, in addition to other damages.