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Brendan Fraser: I can’t afford $900,000 a year in alimony

Brendan Fraser (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

He may be the star of a franchise that has raked in more than $1 billion, but Brendan Fraser reportedly can no longer afford to pay $900,000 a year to his ex-wife.

The Canadian star of "The Mummy" franchise is attempting to reduce the amount he owes in alimony and child support to his ex-wife, Afton Smith, and his three kids. Fraser is claiming he doesn't earn enough to support the payments, the New York Post reports.

Fraser reportedly said in court last week that he has had trouble getting work after 2008's "Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" (the third film in the "Mummy" franchise), despite the fact that IMDB connects the actor to 17 projects since then.

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Smith responded by accusing her 44-year-old ex-husband of "fraud" for allegedly keeping mum about $9 million in new film contracts he had signed since their divorce in 2007.

The former Torontonian reportedly claimed that around the time of his split from Smith, he would make $0 from future acting work, despite going on to star in films like "Journey to the Center of the Earth," which raked in $242 million, and "Inkheart," which reportedly made $2 billion worldwide. He later alleged those deals weren't set in stone at the time.

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According to Celebrity Net Worth, Fraser is currently worth $15 million, while his ex's lawyer claims he has assets worth $24.7 million. Despite this, Fraser said in court last week that he has had "considerable" trouble earning as much as before due to a number of undisclosed medical problems he has developed.

Fraser and Smith, who wed in 1998, reportedly return to court this week.

This is not the first time Fraser has had to go to court over his finances. Last year, Todd Moyer, producer of "The Legend of William Tell: 3D," sued Fraser for $25,000 after the actor allegedly attacked him in 2011 during a film meeting. Moyer's suit came months after the Canuck star sued him for $3 million for delaying production.

That case appears to remain unresolved.