Darren Aronofsky Comes to Detailed Defense of Natalie Portman

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Natalie Portman has been accused of contributing to a cover-up involving her participating in Black Swan.

Sarah Lane, the classically-trained dancer who served as Portman's double in this Oscar-winning film, says she appeared in 95 percent of the full body shots throughout the movie, creating an uproar that director Darren Aronofsky is out to quell.

Natalie Portman at the Oscars

In a statement he released to Fox Searchlight, Aronofsky comes to his star's specific defense, writing:

"Here is the reality. I had my editor count shots. There are 139 dance shots in the film. 111 are Natalie Portman untouched. 28 are her dance double Sarah Lane. If you do the math that's 80% Natalie Portman... Even so, if we were judging by time, over 90% would be Natalie Portman."

In the end, the director is seeking to put an end to any controversy, concluding: "Natalie sweated long and hard to deliver a great physical and emotional performance."