Robert De Niro's attorney fires back at Italian director's plagiarism allegations

Nov 16, 2015 1101

Robert De Niro's attorney is threatening legal action against Italian director Stefania Grassi after she accused the movie star of plagiarising her work for his short film Ellis. The Raging Bull actor stars in the 14-minute movie, written by Eric Roth and directed by Frenchman JR, about a man who roams the hallways of an abandoned immigrant hospital on New York's Ellis Island.

Grassi has been taking aim at the picture on social media, alleging the script was lifted from her own short, L'uomo in Frac, but now the Hollywood icon's legal representative, Tom Harvey, has slammed the claims as "preposterous" and "libelous". 

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