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Angelina Jolie sued in plagiarism claim over upcoming movie

A Croatian journalist is suing the star, claiming that she took the plot of her directorial debut from his book.

Angelina Jolie at a film festival in September
Angelina Jolie at a film festival in September
Image: Evan Agostini/AP/Press Association Images

ANGELINA JOLIE IS being sued by a Croatian journalist, who claims the star based her new movie on his work.

Jolie will make her directorial debut with upcoming movie In The Land of Blood and Honey – the story of a relationship between a prison camp guard and a captive in the Balkan conflict during the 1990s.

However, James J Braddock insists that the film is based on his 2007 book The Soul Shattering – and is suing Jolie in the US, Radar Online reports.

In a statement on his website, Braddock slates the movie, saying it shows Jolie’s “complete lack of knowledge of Bosnia-Herzegovina (and Croatia)”. However, he says there are numerous similarities between the film and his book.

“Her story is almost identical to my novel The Soul Shattering,” he writes, adding that the movie is “nothing more than a doctored version”, and this is “in no way a coincidence”.

Braddock has stated that he will take legal action to halt distribution of the movie until the case is settled.

Radar quotes from court documents which detail episodes in which the lead female character is raped and abused by camp guards, before becoming a servant at their headquarters, as an example of the similarity between the film and the book.

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