A man playing the role of Ben Affleck performs a skit about the director's acceptance speech at the Academy Awards ceremony at a conference in Tehran on March 11, 2013. "The Hoax of Hollywood" conference was organized by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance to discuss Hollywood's plans for the production of films which promote Iranophobia. (Mehr/Mohammadreza Abbasi)
Renowned French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, who plans to file a lawsuit against Hollywood companies over the production of films which promote Iranophobia, has said that she will stand by the Iranian people in this case.
"I will defend Iran against the films like 'Argo', which are produced in Hollywood to give a bad image of Iran. I will stand by the Iranian people to inform the world about the dissemination of propaganda against Iran," she said in Tehran on Monday.
Coutant-Peyre made the remarks during a conference entitled "The Hoax of Hollywood", which was organized by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance to discuss Hollywood's plans for the production of films which promote Iranophobia.
She said that "Argo" is being distributed in France by a company managed by an Israeli man whose mother is the leader of the Zionist lobby in Germany.
Coutant-Peyre is the lawyer and wife of Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, known as Carlos the Jackal, who was once among the world's most wanted fugitives. Ramirez's name has also been linked to a string of terrorist activities, and he was convicted of involvement in several bombings in France in the early 1980s that killed 11 and injured 150.
She also represented Zacarias Moussaoui early on during his imprisonment, while he was awaiting trial for his role in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
It is not clear in which court Iran's case against the Hollywood companies would be heard.
The fact that director Ben Affleck's Iran hostage drama "Argo" won awards at several Hollywood ceremonies angered Iranian officials, and they have waged a campaign against Hollywood since the film's Oscar triumph on February 24.
In Iran, "Argo" was officially viewed as an "anti-Iranian" film after it premiered in the United States on October 12.