Defeated party sues Almodovar

March 17, 2004 at 6:39 PM
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MADRID, March 17 (UPI) -- The title of Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's latest film is "Bad Behavior," but the defeated Popular Party is suing him for much worse than that.

On Wednesday Mariano Rajoy, Jose Maria Aznar's successor as leader of the PP, said the party had charged Almodovar with defamation for saying that the PP had been planning a coup on the eve of Sunday's general elections.

The Spanish newspaper ABC reported that Almodovar, noted for such award winning surrealist films as "Women on the verge of a Nervous Breakdown," had publicly declared the governing Popular Party had been "on the verge of launching a coup d'etat on Saturday night."

No coup materialized, and on Sunday the PP went down in a massive defeat to the Socialist Party led by Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

In announcing the legal action at a meeting of party workers in Madrid Rajoy said, "we're not going to let ourselves be stepped on."

Almodovar's film "Mala Educacion," which can be translated as either "Bad Behavior," or "Bad Manners," or "Bad Education," opens this week. It is the story of two boys growing up in a strict Catholic boarding school in the closing years of the Franco regime, and deals with sexual abuse by the priests at the school.

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