Fox Dismisses 'Black Swan' Intern Suit as Bogus

[caption id="attachment_54914" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Fox Searchlight"]Natalie Portman in Black Swan[/caption]

How do we love thee, "Black Swan?" Let us count the ways.

First, you are probably the only movie that could convince two of America's biggest mainstream sex symbols to get that kind of raunchy in the name of art. We love you for your twisted plot, the Portman child whose conception you are in some way responsible for, and last, but not least, the seemingly endless number of jerks coming out of the woodwork saying they had a hand in making you.

Following the filing of a lawsuit by two interns who claim Fox violated wage laws by employing unpaid staffers, the studio has responded with what may be their biggest twist ending: the interns never worked there at all. (Cue spooky "Swan Lake" music).

Deadline reports that Fox Filmed Entertainment released a statement earlier today refuting the class action suit filed by Alex Footman and Eric Glatt, who claim that they, as well as over 100 other interns, are owed back pay for their gruntwork.

Fox responded by saying, "Now that we have had a chance to review this suit, it is clear that these are completely meritless claims aimed solely at getting press coverage for the litigants and their attorneys. These interns were not even retained by Fox Searchlight and, in fact, were working for the production company that made 'Black Swan' well before Fox Searchlight even acquired its rights to the film. Theses 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. We look forward to aggressively fighting these groundless, opportunistic accusations."

This pas de deux is getting unusually interesting.