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Rockstar calls Benzies' claims "without merit", "downright bizarre"

Grand Theft Auto studio Rockstar has issued a statement regarding the lawsuit from former Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies.

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Yesterday, a lawsuit filed by former Rockstar North boss Leslie Benzies against his former company citing $150 million in unpaid royalties came to light. Rockstar has since filed a countersuit, and has now issued a statement.

"Leslie Benzies was a valued employee of our company for many years," reads the statement. "Sadly, the events that culminated in his resignation ultimately stem from his significant performance and conduct issues.

"Despite our repeated efforts to address and resolve these issues amicably both before and after his departure, Leslie has chosen to take this route in an attempt to set aside contract terms to which he previously agreed on multiple occasions."

Rockstar goes on to dismiss Benzies claims further. "His claims are entirely without merit and in many instances downright bizarre, and we are very confident this matter will be resolved in our favour," the developer said.

"A core ethos since Rockstar's inception has been the concept of 'the team'. It is deeply disappointing and simply wrong for Leslie to attempt to take personal credit for what has always been the tremendous efforts of the entire Rockstar team, who remain hard at work delivering the most immersive and engaging entertainment experiences we can for our fans."

The company is seeking damage compensation against Benzies.

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