LATEST: Child star Dakota Fanning has hit back at critics who attacked her parents for allowing her to film a simulated rape scene in her new movie.
Several religious groups have protested the movie HOUNDDOG, saying that having a 12-year-old in a rape scene was criminal. However, Fanning says some of the people who bashed the film's concept "were attacking my family and me, and that's where it got too far.
"Pretty much everybody who talked about it attacked my mother, which I did not appreciate. That was extremely uncalled for and hurtful."
The controversial scene lasts less than a minute and no simulation of a sex act is depicted on camera. The young star insists the scene was not disturbing to shoot and says she filmed the close-ups of her face alone.
Fanning says even if she hadn't been in the movie she would want to see it adding, "I know my mom would take me to see it.
"You have to prepare your children for things that happen in the world. Everything isn't rosy."