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Wood slams MPAA over cut scene

Evan Rachel Wood has criticised the decision to delete a sex scene from her new film Charlie Countryman.

The graphic scene between the lead characters, played by Evan and Shia LaBeouf, was cut by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in the final version after the film's debut at Sundance.

The 26-year-old expressed her views on Twitter, writing: "After seeing the new cut of #CharlieCountryman I would like two share my disappointment with the MPAA, who thought it was necessary to censor a woman's sexuality once again."

She said she was angry that the scene had been cut when other film "scenes in which people are murdered by having their heads blown off remained intact and unaltered".

"This is a symptom of a society that wants to shame women and put them down for enjoying sex", she added.

The actress continued: "Accept that woman are sexual beings.... We are allowed and entitled to enjoy ourselves. It's time we put our foot down," she added before signing off, "Thanks for listening."

The indie drama, directed by Fredrik Bond, was given an R rating in the US because of "some brutal violence, language throughout, sexuality/nudity, and drug use", the MPAA said.

Shia plays Charlie, who falls in love with a Romanian gangster's moll (Evan's character). Rupert Grint and James Buckley also star in the film.

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