Iran may sue Hollywood over Argo
Published 12/03/2013 | 10:26
Iranian authorities are reportedly planning to sue Hollywood over Ben Affleck's Oscar-winning film Argo because of its allegedly "unrealistic portrayal" of the country.
Several news outlets, including the pro-reform Shargh daily, said today that French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre is in Iran for talks with officials over how and where to file the lawsuit.
Ms Coutant-Peyre is also the lawyer for notorious Venezuelan-born terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, known as Carlos the Jackal.
The decision on the lawsuit came after a group of Iranian cultural officials and movie critics screened the film in a closed audience in a Tehran cinema late last night.
Last month Iranian officials dismissed Argo as pro-CIA, anti-Iran propaganda.
The film, directed by Affleck, is based on the escape of six American hostages from the besieged US Embassy in Tehran in 1979.