Angelina Jolie accused of plagiarism

In Entertainment on December 16, 2011 at 8:10 pm

By: Jordan Smith

          Angelina has made her mark in Hollywood as an action-packed wonder woman who loves directing footage that is self written. But according to author James Braddock this is not the case. In 2007 Braddock wrote a book on the Bosnian War entitled The Soul Shattering, which was only published in Croatian. In 2011 Angelina Jolie wrote and produced a movie on the Bosnian War completely unaware of Braddock’s previous book.

Actress, Angelina Jolie, poses as photographers take photos. Photo courtesy of Google images

Within weeks of the release date of In the Land of Blood and Honey, Braddock filed a lawsuit against Angelina Jolie and other co-producers involved with the film. On Tuesday December 6 Angelina responded by stating that she had never read his book. Braddock went to a court inIllinoisexplaining that he had previously met with Angelina’s producer, Eden Sarkic, not once, not twice, but three times.¬¬

            Apparently Braddock, after publishing his book, paid a visit toSarajevoto promote his work. Then he said that he recalls Sarkic telling him that he would love to sit down and talk about his book he just read. And from there basically got all the information needed to make the film. They kept in touch for two years and so on.

            Then that is when Braddock heard of Jolie’s movie. As he put the two together he found crazy similarities. This is not the first time the movie stirred up trouble. But she later stated that she had read other books and got her inspiration from them.

            She later faced a Balkan women’s group over the films ethnic romantic scenes. She was afraid that the grant to film inBosnia. But thankfully the grant was passed, they were able to film.

            Jolie later said this, “I felt sympathy for people for whom these issues are so sensitive.”  “But when you’re coming at something because you care so much about an area, especially women in that area, as I was, and you know the themes of the film are violence against women, then to be accused of the opposite hurts. You feel a little sickened by it.” The movie has been postponed for now but soon will be shown in theaters.


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