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As if coming up empty handed at the Oscars Sunday night wasn't bad enough, now Quentin Tarantino's got a lawsuit on his hands. The 'Inglourious Basterds' writer-director is being sued for plagiarism by a man who claims that the auteur took an idea for a character in 'Kill Bill' from him.

According to papers that were filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday (and obtained by E! Online), Dannez Hunter alleges that Tarantino took parts of his script for 2003's 'Kill Bill' from a treatment that Hunter himself had submitted back in 1999. As if coming up empty handed at the Oscars Sunday night wasn't bad enough, now Quentin Tarantino's got a lawsuit on his hands. The 'Inglourious Basterds' writer-director is being sued for plagiarism by a man who claims that the auteur took an idea for a character in 'Kill Bill' from him.

According to papers that were filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday (and obtained by E! Online), Dannez Hunter alleges that Tarantino took parts of his script for 2003's 'Kill Bill' from a treatment that Hunter himself had submitted back in 1999.

The treatment, Hunter claims, featured a character named Ren, a samurai descendant who witnessed the death of her mother in cartoon format. Four years later, the movie featured an assassin named O-Ren Ishii, played by Lucy Liu, who witnessed the brutal murder of her parents in a flashback anime sequence.

Hunter is seeking $1 million in damages. Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Miramax, The Weinstein Company and producer Lawrence Bender were also named in the suit. The Weinstein Company had no comment.

Tarantino is well known for writing his own material. This year, he was Oscar nominated in the directing and original screenplay categories for his work on 'Basterds.' He took home a statuette in the latter category for 1994's 'Pulp Fiction.'