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Warner Brothers Slam Exploitation Reports

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Oct 25, 2006 | 5:21am EDT

Executives at movie studio Warner Brothers furiously deny reports they have exploited African amputees to garner publicity for new movie Blood Diamond.

The studio handpicked 27 teenage and child amputees from South African hospitals to appear as extras in the Leonardo DiCaprio-starring film and promised to provide prosthetic limbs as well as a small salary for their contribution.

However, more than three months after filming wrapped, the kids are reportedly still waiting for their new limbs and local charity Eastern Cape has been forced to outfit them instead to avoid their disappointment.

However, bosses at the studio insist the new limbs are on their way and deny they're waiting until the film's December premiere to attract maximum publicity. They've also launched a charity campaign to help the impoverished towns that provide a backdrop to the movie.

A Warner Brothers spokesperson tells PageSix.com, "There were no broken promises. In fact, the cast, crew and studio have set up the Blood Diamond Fund, which has already begun to dig wells, build classrooms, and help the communities that so graciously welcomed us into their homes and villages."

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