A man who sued the one of the writers of hit TV show WILL AND GRACE - claiming he was the inspiration for a main character - has settled his case out of court.

A solicitor for JACK DEAMER said that his client had settled for an undisclosed sum.

Interior designer Deamer began legal proceedings against Will and Grace writer JASON "MAX" MUTCHNICK, alleging he had promised to buy him a house and a car if he allowed the flamboyantly gay sitcom character Jack Mcfarland to be based on him.

The case was due to go to court in Los Angeles this week (begs24MAR03) after papers were filed in March 200, but Mr Deamer's solicitor, ALAN HARRIS said, "The lawsuit was resolved by mutual agreement of the parties."

Mr Deamer and Mr Mutchnick were friends for 10 years before the writer created the 1998 pilot for the programme.