'The Artist' Director Defends Himself Against Extremely Serious Rape Accusation

January 12, 2012

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Having been earlier this week implicated in a rape case against actress Kim Novak--not for actual rape or anything, but for using a song from Vertigo in The Artist, but same diff--director Michel Hazanavicius has come forward to defend himself on the hefty charge.

"I've done nothing wrong," Hazanavicius told CNN at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, seemingly missing the obvious parallels between repurposing a score and heinous, immoral sexual violation. He continued:

"I used music from another movie, but it's not illegal. We paid for that, we asked for that and we had the permission to do it. For me there is no real controversy...I feel sorry for her, but there's a lot of movies with music from other movies, directors do that all the time and I'm not sure it's a big deal."

Fair enough, Hazanavicius. That is a very logical way to look at the situation, and it makes a lot of sense. But still, in the interest of fairness, I'd like to hear more from the melodramatic, attention-starved, crazy side with the rape whistle dangling casually from its lips like a cigarette.

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