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Coppola wants to set the record straight

Editor, Daily Variety:

I want your readers to know the falseness of the Carl Sagan lawyer’s statement that I sued him “six days after Sagan died” (Daily Variety, April 13).

That simply isn’t true. I made the action many months before he died, not even knowing he was sick — but the action came to be registered after he died.

I sued him because he took my story from me, and I lost the case because I waited too long, not because it wasn’t true.

I waited too long, because originally I didn’t care all that much, and was only encouraged to bring it as leverage against Warner Bros. because they were illegally stopping me from making my film of “Pinocchio” at the time.

I respect the court’s decision and the statute of limitations, but resent attorney Scott Edelman putting out this false impression of what happened.

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