May 19 - Director Abel Ferrara says he is not afraid of being sued by Dominique Strauss-Kahn after his film 'Welcome to New York' causes a stir in Cannes for its similarities to the allegations leveled against the former IMF head. Bob Mezan reports.
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Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has instructed lawyers to sue the makers of the film "Welcome to New York," which had a private screening on the sidelines of the Cannes film festival.
The film stars Gerard Depardieu as a sex addict who commits a sexual assault on a hotel maid.
Strauss-Kahn's lawyer said the film was defamatory in that its subject matter was similar to the accusations leveled against Strauss-Kahn, who quit the International Monetary Fund in 2011 after a New York hotel maid accused him of sexual assault.
The film's director, Abel Ferrara, said he wasn't worried about a lawsuit.
SOUNDBITE: Abel Ferrara saying (English):
"What are they gonna get from me - my guitar?...It's a make-believe movie, dude, it's not a documentary."
The film is currently available throughout France on pay-per-view.