Sunday, November 19, 2006

Bodyguards did not use racial slur: Pitt - News on Bodyguards did not use racial slur: Pitt: "In an exclusive interview to NDTV, his first in India, Hollywood actor Brad Pitt has broken his silence on the bodyguard controversy.

Speaking to NDTV's Managing Editor Barkha Dutt, Brad Pitt said the entire incident seemed to be a terrible misunderstanding.

He added that he was absolutely certain that nobody who works with him was capable of religious bias. The bodyguards were arrested in Mumbai after an incident in a school on Thursday where the crew for the film Mighty Heart was shooting.

"This is not what Angelina and I wanted. This contradicts the message of the film we are trying to make.

"Angelina and I have a multi-racial family, we want them to respect and understand different religions," he said.

"Maybe we should have explained our intentions when we first got here. We would not hire anyone who is racist or who would hurt or push a child," added Pitt.

Trouble started when movement in some areas of the school was restrained. This caused a scuffle with some parents after which, a complaint was filed against the bodyguards.

The parents alleged that they were pushed around and abused and that the bodyguards also used racial slur.

The three bodyguards Thomas Edward MacAdam, Robert Patrick Dunn and Micheal John Bret are all British nationals who were later released on a bail of Rs 25,000 each."

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