Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Steven Spielberg hits back at Mia Farrow

Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg has hit back at Mia Farrow after the actress accused him of supporting the alleged Chinese funding of the genocide in Darfur.

Farrow, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and human rights activist, is angry that Spielberg failed to turn down an invitation from the Chinese government to work as an artistic advisor for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

According to a US report, Farrow insists the Oscar-winning film-maker should not get involved with China because the state has been accused of funding the war in the Sudanese state.

She said in a statement: "It has been nearly a year since Mr Spielberg contacted President Hu about Beijing's role in the Darfur genocide.

"Given the deteriorating situation on the ground, we hope that Mr Spielberg will waste no more time - and officially distance himself from the Games."

But a spokesman for the Schindler's List movie-maker hit out at the Farrow's allegations.

Andy Spahn said: "Steven left the set of his 'Indiana Jones' movie to fly to New York to meet with the Chinese delegation.

"He is totally committed to stopping the genocide in Darfur."

He added that the 61-year-old director has donated to various Darfur advocacy groups, including $1 million USD to the effort spearheaded by George Clooney and Don Cheadle.

By Owen Williams, Feb 06 2008 © Copyright 2008 - Showbiz Spy

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