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"True Detective" Creator Denies Show's Dialogue Was Plagiarized

James Bridges/HBO (NEW YORK) -- HBO says the speculation that its drama True Detective was plagiarized is false.

Earlier this week, the online magazine The Lovecraft eZine wondered whether True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto borrowed words and phrases from other authors, particularly horror author Thomas Ligotti.

The site conducted an interview with Jon Padgett, founder of the website Thomas Ligotti Online, who contends there is "ample evidence" to show that the author was paraphrased in dialogue written for Matthew McConaughey's character, Rust Cohle.

Pizzolatto adamantly denied in a statement released Thursday that he plagiarized anyone else's work. He maintained, "The philosophical thoughts expressed by Rust Cohle do not represent any thought or idea unique to any one author; rather these are the philosophical tenets of a pessimistic, anti-natalist philosophy with an historic tradition including Arthur Schopenauer, Friedrich Nietzche, E.M. Cioran, and various other philosophers, all of whom express these ideas."

He continued, "As an autodidact pessimist, Cohle speaks toward that philosophy with erudition and in his own words. The ideas within this philosophy are certainly not exclusive to any writer."

HBO added in its own statement, "Philosophical concepts are free for anyone to use, including writers of fiction, and there have been many such examples in the past.  Exploring and engaging with ideas and themes that philosophers and novelists have wrestled with over time is one of the show’s many strengths -- we stand by the show, its writing and Nic Pizzolatto entirely."

The first season of True Detective starred McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, both of whom are nominated for an Emmy Award for their performances. The show itself is nominated for outstanding drama series.

It's been rumored that season two of True Detective may star Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Vince Vaughn and Elisabeth Moss.

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