Coffee-Making Interns Didn't Work for Us: Fox

Statement insists 'Black Swan' lawsuit is invalid
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2011 9:30 AM CDT
In this film publicity image released by Fox Searchlight, Natalie Portman is shown in a scene from "Black Swan."    (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Niko Tavernise)

(Newser) – Remember those Black Swan interns suing Fox Searchlight for not paying them to make coffee? Turns out they may not have actually worked for Fox Searchlight. The interns were employed by Darren Aronofsky’s production company, which made Black Swan, "well before Fox Searchlight even acquired its rights in the film," says Fox Filmed Entertainment in a statement reported by Deadline. "These individuals were never employed as interns or retained in any capacity by Fox Searchlight, which has a proud history of supporting and fostering productive internships."

"It is clear that these are completely meritless claims aimed solely at getting press coverage for the litigants and their attorneys," the statement continues. "We look forward to aggressively fighting these groundless, opportunistic accusations."

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