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Dakota Stands By Violent Scene

Nov. 25 2008, Published 6:50 a.m. ET

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Controversy continues to surround Dakota Fanning for a rape scene in her new film Hounddog.

The topic is so sensitive that some are calling for Fanning's mother to be put in prison on child pornography charges for letting her daughter act in such a scene without a body double.

"It's a movie and it's called acting," responded the 14-year-old actress. "What drew me to the film was that my character shows people that you can overcome adversity in life and it doesn't define you. My character has so many other interests and talents that just because something terrible happened to her doesn't mean she can't have a great life.

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Fanning adds: "I wanted to do the film because I thought it might help one person that this has happened to and help them overcome adversity in their lives."

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