Italy police mistakenly pick up '4 Months' star


FLORENCE, Italy -- Romanian actress Laura Vasiliu, one of the protagonists of this year's Palme d'Or-winning "4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days" was a victim of Italy's ongoing anti-immigration crackdown, briefly being taken into custody by Italian police because she had a similar name to a woman wanted for trafficking minors.

Romanians have been a focus of criticism in Italy in recent months, as increases in crime rates here followed Romania's January entry into the European Union and subsequent relaxation in travel restrictions.

New reports indicate that the Vasiliu was apprehended from her Turin hotel room after police saw her name on the hotel's register. Vasiliu was in Turin working on Francesco Munzi's "La Notte" (The Night), in which the actress will play an illegal Romanian immigrant in Italy.

Authorities did not keep Vasiliu long after she was able to establish her identity, and the actress issued a statement saying she would not seek damages against the police for the case of mistaken identity.