Angelina Jolie Sued for Allegedly Stealing Plot for Film

Entertainment Dec. 3, 2011 AT 2:54PM
Angelina Jolie Sued for Allegedly Stealing Plot for Film Credit: Lester Cohen/Wireimage

For her latest project, Angelina Jolie has switched up her post to behind the camera as director and writer of In the Land of Blood and Honey. But even though the film has yet to hit theaters (it's out December 23), the flick is causing Jolie to already feel some heat.

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In legal documents obtained by Radar, the 36-year-old star is being sued by Croatian journalist and author James J. Braddock, who claims that the actress stole the plot line for her film from an article he wrote and published in 2007.

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In the romantic drama, a Serbian man (Goran Kostic) falls in love with a Bosnian-Muslim woman (Zana Marjanovic) before 1992's Bosnian War separates them.

"The film is specific to the Bosnian War, but it's also universal," Jolie has said. "I wanted to tell a story of how human relationships and behavior are deeply affected by living in side a war."

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Radar writes, "As an example of the similarities between the story he published and the storyline of the film, the lawsuit states, 'The Subject Work's main female character is subject to continuous abuse and rape by soldiers and officers in the camp. In addition to being raped continuously by soldiers and officers, she is forced to become a servant at the camp headquarters, a duty assumed by very few of the captives. The Motion Picture’s main female character is also subject to continuous rape by soldiers and officers in the camp and subsequently becomes a servant at camp headquarters.'"

In the Land of Blood and Honey is Jolie's second directorial project and her debut as a screenwriter.

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