Angelina Jolie's Directorial Debut Named in a Copyright Lawsuit

Zana Marjanovic, Ermin Sijamija

A Croatian journalist claimed he published an article about a woman raped by soldiers before Jolie wrote similar storyline for 'In the Land of Blood and Honey'.

Three weeks before "In the Land of Blood and Honey" premiere date, a lawsuit threatens to prevent it from ever seeing the light. The first directorial project by Angelina Jolie is named in legal documents filed in federal court by Croatian journalist and author James J. Braddock aka Josip J. Knezevic.

Per Radar Online, Braddock claimed Jolie stole the story from an article he wrote and published in 2007. The film, which was written by Jolie, tells the love story between a Serbian soldier and a Muslim woman during the Bosnian war. Braddock found similarities in his work and Jolie's.

"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 lawsuit stated.

"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," it continued.

Braddock is requesting the court to award him damages, naming GK Films and several other entities as the defendants as well.



    John M.
    Dec 03, 2011

    There is no such lawsuit in the Federal system as of Sat Dec 3, 8pm. So when did he allegedly file this? Unfortunately big names such as Jolie and studios often attract this type of lawsuit. They are often nuisance suits. We'll have to wait and see if he actually files and if it has any merit.

    Dec 03, 2011

    It's not an article, but a book called "Slamanje duše" (Shattering of a Soul, which, allegedly, strongly resembles the plot of Jolie's film.

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