Sorkin Backs Facebook CEO Over Stolen Ideas Claims

Aaron Sorkin, the writer behind the upcoming Facebook movie 'The Social Network', has voiced his support for Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg, who has been accused by former Harvard classmates for stealing their idea.

In an interview with Time Magazine, the creator of hit shows The West Wing, The American President and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Sorkin disclosed that he had "empathy" for Zuckerberg.

“I've been that guy. I've been the Mark Zuckerberg in that situation, and I have absolute empathy for him,” said that writer.

His comments come just days before The Social Network, which is based on the book 'The Accidental Billionaires', is set to premier during the New York Film Festival on Friday.

The movie, which has been directed by David Fincher, has been made without any help from Facebook, which fears that the movie might damage the CEO's reputation.

Mark Zuckerberg, who is expected to donate $100 million to improve schools in New Jersey, is counted among the 400 richest Americans, with an estimated fortune of $6.9 billion.