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The director has dismissed as a 'cheap trick' the open letter written to him by a graphic artist claiming his poster designs had been ripped off

Spike Lee has been criticised on Twitter after appearing to dismiss an open letter from a graphic designer who said his poster designs were "stolen" for the director's remake of cult thriller Oldboy.

Juan Luis Garcia says his designs are currently being used to promote the film, which has just been released in the Us, despite the fact that he has not been paid for his work or agreed to their use. In an open letter pleading with Lee to intervene, he said the unnamed agency involved made an "insultingly low offer" when it decided to use the designs, and continued to use them when he declined their offer.

Lee's response was to label the letter a "cheap trick" from a person he had never had any dealings with. »

- Ben Child

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