Charlie with his friend, writer Konrad Bercovici, c. 1922
In 1947, Bercovici brought a 5 million dollar plagiarism suit against Charlie. He claimed that both the idea and the script for The Great Dictator were his own. Although Charlie initially wanted to contest the suit, it came at a troubling period in his life, and instead he settled out of court for $95,000. Needless to say, the suit marked the end of their friendship.