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Patty Hearst biopic cancelled after heiress' criticism

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

has cancelled the biopic of heiress

"Logan" was attached to direct the project with as the lead.

"and its production partners have decided to cancel the studio's planned project based on the book 'American Heiress'," Fox said in a statement issued to The

The development came after criticised on whose best-selling book "American Heiress", the was based on. Toobins is also the producer of a docu-series based on life.

The book detailed the capture of the heiress and her two-year detainment by the in the mid-1970s, as well as her transition from hostage to warrior. She ended up sympathising with her captors and even went on robberies with them before she was arrested in 1975.

In a statement, Hearst said Toobins' book "romanticises my rape and torture and calls my abduction a 'rollicking adventure'".

She also attacked and Fox, and said that Oprah Winfrey's speech at inspired her to take a stand for herself.

"I am further saddened and appalled that Fox 2000 agreed to finance and produce a based on Toobin's book (with a similarly themed screenplay, also written by men) and that has agreed to continue to perpetuate a one-sided dialogue romanticising my torture and rape by hosting a podcast and docuseries through Toobin's distorted lens.

"I refuse to give Jeffrey Toobin, Fox, CNN or anyone else involved in these projects about my life the power to make me a victim again, or the power to provide a platform where victim blaming is OK," Hearst said in the statement.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 14:05 IST