Olivia Munn Rejects The Predator Director's Apology for Casting a Sex Offender

The Predator

The Predator

Olivia Munn's co-stars in The Predator are finally addressing her concerns that she's been ostracised over her insistence that one of the film's scenes be removed.

Twentieth Century Fox announced last week that it had cut the scene featuring Steven Wilder Striegel from the movie. A Fox spokesperson told the Times that studios can't run background checks because of legal limitations. When the news first became public, Shane Black defended his decision to hire Striegel, stating that he was trying to help his old friend with a second chance.

"It is true that I pulled out of a small amount of press on Saturday, as this type of social commentary is new to me and given the nature of the originating crime, I felt further discussion could cause unwanted trauma and pain, neither of which I wanted to incite to the anonymous young woman", Holbrook said, referring to the victim of Striegel's crime. I had this scene deleted.

While promoting the movie at the Toronto Film Festival (which she is contractually obligated to do), Munn said she felt abandoned by her co-stars, who did not show up for an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, with the exception of 11-year-old Jacob Tremblay. "But privately I felt iced out and I think that's what's really important for people to understand is that when you see something you have to say something". She also told Vanity Fair that before she chose to give a comment to the Times, she reached out to her co-stars privately so they would not be surprised, and encouraged them to speak up as well. "Also, I worked really hard on this film, as did the rest of the cast and crew".


Munn expressed dismay that she was feeling isolated by the fact that her castmates did not come forward to support her at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) - prompting Sterling K Brown to issue a statement of support on September 8 saying, "I hope you don't feel quite so alone". As you may or may not know, Munn is an outspoken advocate for the Time's Up initiative, and has vociferously criticized people in power who abused their position. "I just didn't hear anything about it". And I'm sorry you've been the only one to speak up publicly. Afterall, they are easily one of the most adorable couples in Hollywood, am I right? "Thank you to @20thcenturyfox for taking quick action in deleting the scene. You did the right thing".

Munn doubled down her beliefs on social media, tweeting on Thursday, "The #MeToo movement called out abusers". She says that she and her fellow cast mates were unaware of Striegel's criminal record.

No doubt this would be emotional for anybody - and when you combine it with other comments she made about the situation over the weekend, it's easy to understand that Munn does NOT feel supported by her colleagues right now.

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