Von Trier facing French charges for Hitler rant

October 5, 2011 - 12:50 PM

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish film director Lars von Trier says he's facing charges of violating a French law against justification of war crimes over statements he made about Adolf Hitler during the film festival in Cannes.

In a brief statement Wednesday, von Trier says that "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."

The director says he was questioned by Danish police Wednesday in connection with charges made by the prosecution of Grasse in France.

Von Trier was ejected from the Cannes Film Festival in May after expressing sympathy for Adolf Hitler at a news conference for his film "Melancholia."