Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Iran may sue Hollywood over Argo

Iran is apparently considering legal action over Ben Affleck's Argo

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.

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