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Jodie Foster appears in a promotional photo from the 2011 film, Beaver. - Provided courtesy of Summit Entertainment

Jodie Foster's estranged father sentenced to five years in jail

12/10/2011 by Olivia Allin

Jodie Foster's estranged father was sentenced to five years in jail for 21 counts of grand theft and nine counts of contracting without a license.

According to the Associated Press, Lucius Foster earned over $200,000 from the poor and elderly in his home-building scheme. The 89-year-old Sherman Oaks building contractor took $5,000 from 21 people, agreeing to build them affordable homes made from shipping containers.

The homes were never built and prosecutors accused Foster of blatantly lying to the investors. He could have received up to 25 years in county jail for the crimes.

After receiving his verdict on December 8, Foster and was immediately taken into custody. A restitution hearing is scheduled for February 23.

Lucius split from his wife and Jodie Foster's mother Evelyn "Brandy" Ella five months before the actress was born and had little interaction with her.

Jodie Foster made headlines in August for helping to save the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute. Earlier in the year, the nonprofit was forced to shut down its Allen Telescope Array, which searches for alien signals, due to budget issues. Foster, who played fictional SETI scientist Ellie Arroway in the 1997 film "Contact," was one of the 2,441 private donors who helped put the telescope back to work.

Foster rose to fame in her 1973 film "Taxi Driver," where she played a teenage prostitute. She has also starred in "The Silence of the Lambs," "Contact" and "Panic Room."

Foster has also directed several films including "Little Man Tate," "Home for the Holidays" and "The Beaver." She also has two directorial projects in development, "Cockeyed" and "Flora Plum."

Foster will next appear opposite Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly in "Carnage," which is slated for release on December 16.

The film, which is based on the play by Yasmina Reza, "The God of Carnage," follows two sets of parents who organize a "cordial" meeting after their sons are involved in a fight at school which leaves one child with broken teeth. The talk goes awry as the adults reveal their less civilized sides.

Watch the trailer for "Carnage" below.

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