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Spider-Man director in court battle

Director Julie Taymor has hit back at her former creative partners in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, arguing in court papers that she was the victim of a conspiracy to unfairly push her out of the show.

Ms Taymor's legal team defended her against a countersuit from producers, the latest instalment in their legal battle over financial rewards for Broadway's most expensive show -- whose music and lyrics were written by U2's Bono and The Edge.

Her lawyers allege that for months the producers "were secretly conspiring to oust Taymor and use and change her work without pay" even as they urged her to continue working.