Steven Spielberg ends his involvement with Beijing Olympics

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Steven Spielberg is ending his involvement as an artistic adviser for the Beijing Olympics.

The film director made the decision Tuesday, hours after actress Mia Farrow and several humanitarian groups assailed him for working with the games' Chinese organizers.

At issue for both Farrow and Spielberg is China's close relationship with Sudan, where thousands have been killed and millions displaced in the Darfur region.

China buys two-thirds of Sudan's oil exports. In turn, China sells weapons to the Sudanese government and has defended Khartoum in the U.N. Security Council.

Spielberg had already sent a letter urging President Hu Jintao to use China's influence during the Olympics to help the situation in Darfur.