AceShowbiz - Executives at Playboy Germany have now admitted there were errors in their interview with composer Ennio Morricone, in which he was quoted as criticising Quentin Tarantino.
The Italian composer worked with Tarantino on his 2015 film "The Hateful Eight" and and subsequently won the Oscar for Best Original Music Score for their collaboration. However, earlier this month, it was reported Morricone reportedly sat for an interview with the publication and was quoted as labelling his colleague a "cretin" and "absolutely chaotic".
On Sunday, November 11, Morricone denied making the disparaging comments about Tarantino or giving an interview with the publication, but bosses at Hubert Burda Media, the publishing group that owns Playboy in Germany, hit back at his allegations and insisted they stood by the interview.
However, magazine executives are now admitting some of the quotes were "reproduced incorrectly" and they are expressing their regrets over the situation.
"Up to now, we have considered the freelancer who conducted the Ennio Morricone interview on our behalf to be a renowned print and radio journalist," a statement from German Playboy editor-in-chief Florian Boitin reads. "In the past, we have had no reason to doubt his journalistic integrity and skills. Based on the information now at our disposal, we must unfortunately assume that the words spoken in the interview have, in part, been reproduced incorrectly."
"We would like to express our regret should Mr. Morricone have been portrayed in a false light," the statement adds. "We are working to clarify this matter and are exploring legal measures."
Morricone has threatened a lawsuit, but has yet to comment on the new developments.