The U.S.-based Fox Studios has been forced to issue a statement declaring that Leonardo Dicaprio was not raped twice by a bear in his upcoming film The Revenant.
On Tuesday the Hollywood rumour mill ramped up about the allegedly grisly scene in the upcoming bio-pic about the 19th century frontiersman Hugh Glass after a film reviewer wrote on November 29 the bear “dry humps him actually -- as he nearly devours him."
“It’s as real looking as it could be, and maybe the most frightening moment I’ve seen in a film in eons,” wrote veteran reviewer Roger Friedman
But the claim there is a bear rape scene in the film was denied by a representative of Fox Studios.
"As anyone who has seen the movie can attest, the bear in the film is a female who attacks Hugh Glass because she feels he might be threatening her cubs … There is clearly no rape scene with a bear," a spokesperson for Fox told Hollywood Reporter.
The Fox Statement came after the Drudge Report carried a story saying people had to escape to the exits after the Wolf of Wall Street met the Grizzly of Yellowstone.
Still, the statement came too late to stop the rumour mill from going into overdrive.