"For lies and manipulations against President @NicolasMaduro
in the series "Legends" we're requesting (National Telecoms
Commission) Conatel open an investigation," Information Minister
Delcy Rodriguez said in a tweet late on Monday night.
"The series Legends aired on U.S. channel TNT represents a
Hollywood script typical of imperialist actions against
legitimate governments," she added.
Fox 21, the Twenty-First Century Inc-owned producer of the crime
drama, apologized to Maduro in a statement.
"'Legends' is obviously a work of fiction," Fox 21 said. "The
producers did not intend to imply that the show was reporting
any actual events when it mentioned President Maduro's name. We
sincerely apologize to President Maduro."
Time Warner Inc-owned cable network TNT is currently airing the
first season of "Legends." The disputed episode, "Lords of War,"
shows an undercover FBI agent, played by British actor Sean
Bean, burning a suspect with an iron to get him to confess to
whom he is selling VX, an extremely toxic nerve gas.
"I don't know," the man whimpers. "There's a proxy."
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Bean responds, "And who is the proxy? Maduro."
The suspect says, "PSUV (United Socialist Party of Venezuela).
They're worried about the civil unrest in Venezuela."
Maduro endured three months of violent street protests at the start
of the year over spiraling inflation, rampant crime and shortages of
basic goods ranging from diapers to corn flour.
Maduro's predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez, also frequently
lampooned Venezuela's ideological foe the United States. Tensions
ran especially high after a brief coup in 2002 that Chavez blamed
the United States for instigating.
It remains unclear what reach the investigation into "Legends" will
(Reporting by Alexandra Ulmer and Eyanir Chinea in Caracas,
additional reporting by Eric Kelsey in Los Angeles; Editing by Steve
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