Irish actor Gabriel Byrne is taking his former New York landlord to court in a bid to get his $30,000 (GBP17,650) security deposit back.

The movie star lived in the townhouse from 2001 until earlier this year (03), and now he can't get his deposit back.

In his suit, he claims the cash is being withheld because he painted the home with "an undesirable brand of white paint", but he refuses to be penalised $30,000 for that.

16/12/2003 09:08