The director of War of the Worlds star Dakota Fanning's new movie HOUNDDOG is defending himself against allegations he exploited the actress in a controversial sex scene. Authorities in North Carolina investigated moviemaker DEBORAH KAMPMEIER after learning 12-year-old Fanning's character in the film is sexually assaulted but discovered no wrongdoing. Speaking to movie magazine Premiere, the director says, "What they're accusing me off is putting Dakota through some sort of ordeal or a simulation of rape, but that's not the case."