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Michael Moore offers Berg interview to family
Updated: 2004-05-30 10:17

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore interviewed Nick Berg, the American contractor beheaded in Iraq, for his latest film and has offered to show the footage to Berg's family before he would release it, a family spokesman said on Friday.

Bruce Hauser, the spokesman and Bergs' neighbor in West Chester, Pennsylvania, said Moore called him to confirm reports that the footage existed and that Moore wanted to send a copy to the Bergs for their approval before its release.

The clip was made during the filming of "Fahrenheit 9/11," Moore's new movie attacking the Bush administration, which won this year's Palme d'Or, the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Berg interview was not used in the film.

"I was very surprised to hear from him," the family spokesman said of Moore.

"He said, 'Yes, there is such a video,' and if they are OK with it, then he will go ahead and release it," he said.

Moore's office in New York confirmed it has the 20-minute interview but said there were no plans to release it.

"We are not releasing it to the media. It is not in the film. We are dealing privately with the family," a statement from Moore's office said. Moore was not available for comment.

The contents of the interview were unknown, as was the date it was made. Moore's office did not say why it was not used in the film.

Berg's decapitation in Iraq was shown in a video on a Web site on May 11, in which his masked executioners said they were retaliating for the U.S. military abuse of Iraqi prisoners.

Berg's parents would not receive Moore's clip until they return from a trip this weekend, Hauser said.

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