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Linked to 'Panama Papers,' Pedro Almodovar cancels public appearances for new film

FILE - In this Monday Jan. 13, 2014 file photo, Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, left, and his brother the producer Agustin Almodovar poses for photographers during the photocall of the Jose Maria Forque Awards in Madrid, Spain. Agustin Almodovar said Monday, April 4, 2016, that he is blaming his lack of experience for a decision to set up an offshore company aimed at expanding their international film business in the 1990s. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin, File)

FILE - In this Monday Jan. 13, 2014 file photo, Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, left, and his brother the producer Agustin Almodovar poses for photographers during the photocall of the Jose Maria Forque Awards in Madrid, Spain. Agustin Almodovar said Monday, April 4, 2016, that he is blaming his lack of experience for a decision to set up an offshore company aimed at expanding their international film business in the 1990s. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin, File)  (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.)

Just days after being linked to an offshore company through the the leaked documents of a Panamanian law firm, the Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar has canceled all promotional appearances for his new project, “Julieta.”

His El Deseo company said in a statement that the director nixed all planned interviews and a photo shoot ahead of the film’s Friday debut in theaters across Spain. The statement did not directly cite the revelation that Almodóvar and his brother Agustín once held shares in an offshore company, just saying his appearances were called off due to a matter unrelated to the movie.

Spain's El Confidencial  reported that the two brothers were listed in the files as the agents of a British Virgin Islands company from 1991 to 1994.

According to the documents leaked from Mossack Fonseca law firm, the Almodóvar brothers set up an offshore company aimed at expanding their international film business in the 1990s.

Agustín Almodóvar said on Monday that he launched the company in 1991 but shut it down “because it didn’t fit with the way we worked.”

He also apologized for "the damage my brother's public image is suffering, caused only by my lack of experience in the first few years of our family business."

Agustin said he and his brother have met all of their tax obligations.

"Julieta" is Almodóvar's 20th film. Actors in the movie – who include Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Rossy de Palma, Daniel Grao, Inma Cuesta and Michelle Jenner – do have planned interviews to promote the film, the Europa Press news agency reported.

Almodóvar is one of many high profile celebrities and politicians who have been linked to Mossack Fonseca. Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi, actor Jackie Chan, Puerto Rican singer Daddy Yankee and the president of Argentina Mauricio Macri have also been linked.

In a statement to the press, representatives for Messi denied all allegations made against him and said the family is considering legal action against “the media outlets that have published this news.”

Vargas Llosa's literary agent said in a statement that the Noble Laureate was surprised by the report by El Confidencial, while Daddy Yankee has denied the allegation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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