Lily-Rose Depp defends director Sam Levinson over The Idol production claims

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Lily-Rose Depp is standing by Sam Levinson's side.

Amid a report from Rolling Stone alleging that production on the upcoming HBO series The Idol has gone "off the rails" and devolved into "torture porn" after Levinson took over as director, the series star is pushing back.

"Sam is, for so many reasons, the best director I have ever worked with," Depp shared in a statement. "Never have I felt more supported or respected in a creative space, my input and opinions more valued. Working with Sam is a true collaboration in every way—it matters to him, more than anything, not only what his actors think about the work, but how we feel performing it.

Continuing with her praise, the 23-year-old noted that the Euphoria creator "hires people whose work he esteems and has always created an environment in which I felt seen, heard and appreciated."

Depp stars alongside The Weeknd—who co-created the series with Levinson—in the six-episode music industry drama. Production initially began in November 2021 with Amy Seimetz helming the project. However, the Girlfriend Experience director exited the series in April 2022 due to a new creative direction, allowing Levinson to take over.