Steven SoderberghBack in 1989, writer-director Steven Soderbergh crashed onto the scene with his film Sex, Lies, and Videotape; pic later went on to win the Golden Palm at Cannes and was nominated for an original screenplay Oscar. So, it's only fitting that 18 years later Soderbergh would receive a jury summons in the mail (yes, just like the rest of us) -- requiring him to head to the courthouse and await further instructions -- for a case that eerily mirrors the title of his break-out film.

The case in question is that of a 40-year-old teacher who has plead not guilty after being accused of statutory rape and sodomy of two teenage boys. She's currently on leave from the school and claims to be innocent ... but there's always that chance she's lying about all that sex. After answering a few questions from the prosecutor and defense attorney, the judge dismissed Soderbergh when the director said he was too busy to participate (even though the defense attorney argued to keep the high-profile filmmaker there; apparently, they thought he would make a good juror).

Sure, we're not all shooting films about the Argentinian revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, but I imagine the rest of the folks in that room had better things to do. Unfortunately, no one bothered to ask Soderbergh if he planned to acquire the school teacher's life rights, round up a bunch of non-actors and shoot a low-budget digital film for HDNet Films and 2929 Productions. I don't know about you, but that would've been my first question.

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