Angelina Jolie has hit back at a Croatian journalist who alleges the storyline for her directorial debut is lifted from his book about the Bosnian Civil War, insisting she has "never seen" his work.
The Hollywood beauty wrote, produced and directed In the Land of Blood and Honey, which chronicles a romance between a rape and kidnap victim and one of her captors during the 1990s war.
The movie is set to hit cinemas later this month (Dec11), but reporter James Braddock is seeking a court injunction against its release after filing suit for copyright infringement.
He alleges the film's plot is based on his 2007 book The Soul Shattering, which he claims to have shown to the film's co-producer Edin Sarkic during a 2008 meeting to discuss the possibility of turning his tome into a film - although nothing came of the discussions.
Braddock is seeking statutory damages, but Jolie is adamant her extensive research on the sensitive subject matter did not include a read through his book.
She tells the Los Angeles Times' film blog 24 Frames, "There are many books and documentaries that I did pull from. It's a combination of many people's stories. But that particular book I've never seen."
And Jolie has brushed off the legal action, adding, "It's par for the course. It happens on almost every film."