Spielberg Target Of Hoaxed Report

By Gregg Kilday
Hollywood Reporter

Steven Spielberg was hit Monday by a false report circulating on the Internet claiming that he is planning a DreamWorks feature film sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. The director's spokesman, Marvin Levy, called the report "an obvious, vicious hoax." The bogus news story was attributed to The Hollywood Reporter and carried the bylines of fictitious reporters. It was posted on several news lists and also forwarded to several Canadian-based news organizations as well as Jewish poltical-action groups and other activists. Under a headline that read "Spielberg to direct feature based on Palestinian Uprising," the false news story purported to quote Spielberg speaking out on behalf of the Palestinians and criticizing both Israel and Hollywood. The original source of the story, which circulated by e-mail, could not be determined.

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