College to pay Dustin Lance Black $26,000 for rescinded invite

Dustin Lance Black

Dustin Lance Black AP

PASADENA, Calif. — A California community college has agreed to pay Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black $26,000 not to sue after the school rescinded an invitation to speak at commencement.

Dustin Lance BlackAP

Dustin Lance Black

The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that Pasadena City College officials were concerned about the school’s image after a stolen sex video with Black was posted online.

Black, who wrote the screenplay for “Milk,” ultimately delivered the May 9 address at his alma mater after he wrote a letter in the student newspaper hinting at legal action and trustees apologized and invited him back.

The Times obtained a copy of an agreement then-college President Mark W. Rocha signed the day before the May 9 speech to pay Black $26,050.

Black wrote at the time of the incident that he had “confirmed the invitation, booked the international flights to get back to Southern California, canceled work and turned down paid invitations.”

Both sides agreed not to extensively discuss the deal publicly.

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