Gulf oil spill: Costner downplays Baldwin's role in BP cleanup deal

Actor Stephen Baldwin, center, arrives at Federal Court after a lunch break, in New Orleans, Monday, June 4, 2012. Baldwin has sued fellow actor Kevin Costner over their investments in a device that BP used in trying to clean up the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The federal lawsuit filed in New Orleans by Baldwin and a friend claims Costner and a business partner duped them out of their shares of an $18 million deal for BP to purchase oil-separating centrifuges from a company they formed after the April 20 spill. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Actor Stephen Baldwin, center, arrives at Federal Court after a lunch break, in New Orleans, Monday, June 4, 2012. Baldwin has sued fellow actor Kevin Costner over their investments in a device that BP used in trying to clean up the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The federal lawsuit filed in New Orleans by Baldwin and a friend claims Costner and a business partner duped them out of their shares of an $18 million deal for BP to purchase oil-separating centrifuges from a company they formed after the April 20 spill. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Actor Kevin Costner leaves Federal Court for a lunch break in New Orleans in New Orleans, Monday, June 4, 2012. Stephen Baldwin has sued fellow actor Kevin Costner over their investments in a device that BP used in trying to clean up the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The federal lawsuit filed in New Orleans on Wednesday by Baldwin and a friend claims Costner and a business partner duped them out of their shares of an $18 million deal for BP to purchase oil-separating centrifuges from a company they formed after the April 20 spill. ( AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Actor Kevin Costner leaves Federal Court for a lunch break in New Orleans in New Orleans, Monday, June 4, 2012. Stephen Baldwin has sued fellow actor Kevin Costner over their investments in a device that BP used in trying to clean up the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The federal lawsuit filed in New Orleans on Wednesday by Baldwin and a friend claims Costner and a business partner duped them out of their shares of an $18 million deal for BP to purchase oil-separating centrifuges from a company they formed after the April 20 spill. ( AP Photo/Bill Haber)

NEW ORLEANS — Kevin Costner says he never saw fellow actor Stephen Baldwin contribute anything to their company's effort to sell oil cleanup devices to BP in the aftermath of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Testifying Friday at the trial for Baldwin's lawsuit against him over a business dispute, Costner said he wondered what Baldwin was doing for their company before BP agreed to make an $18 million deposit on a $52 million order for 32 oil-separating centrifuges.

Baldwin and friend Spyridon Contogrouis claim Costner and business partner Patrick Smith duped them into selling their shares of the company that marketed the machines to BP.

Costner says the company's CEO begged Baldwin and Contogouris not to sell their shares before the deal was done.

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