08/17/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Nikki Finke Denies "Thuggish" Ways: "I'm Not Mean, I Just Write Mean"

Among movie executives, the stories of Ms. Finke's aggressiveness are legion, but they remain mostly unspoken because people fear being the target of one of her withering takedowns....

In a telephone interview, Ms. Finke said the stories about her thuggish ways were just that. "I don't bully and terrify people," she said, cheerfully adding, "I'm not mean, I just write mean."

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