Lars von Trier questioned by police over “Nazi” comments … or was he?

It’s the controversy that just won’t die. Lars von Trier has reportedly been questioned by Danish police regarding his comments at the Cannes Film Festival (you know the ones; when he said that he was “a nazi”).

The director issued the following statement:

Today at 2 pm I was questioned by the Police of North Zealand in connection with charges made by the prosecution of Grasse in France from August 2011 regarding a possible violation of prohibition in French law against justification of war crimes. The investigation covers comments made during the press conference in Cannes in May 2011. Due to these serious accusations I have realized that I do not possess the skills to express myself unequivocally and I have therefore decided from this day forth to refrain from all public statements and interviews.

 

Could Lars seriously be under investigation for his (admittedly, misjudged and not all that funny) joke comments? Will the provocateur abstain from any and all interviews going forward as a result of his gaffe?

Here’s the kicker though. According to the AFP, French prosecutors have made no such charges against the director.

Perhaps von Trier – who wears his Cannes-banning “persona non grata” badge proudly – is merely trying to strike up more controversy ahead of the release of his new flick Melancholia.

In other news, Melancholia is actually great!

Discuss: Oh, Lars…

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