Olivia Munn slams director Shane Black for hiring a registered sex offender on their movie ‘The Predator’. Olivia Munn found out recently that a person she worked with while filming ‘The Predator’ was a registered sex offender. She immediately told Twentieth Century Fox who owns the movie. The studio took quick action and cut out all the scenes involving the sex offender out of the movie before it’s release on September 14, 2018 reports the latimes.
Olivia Munn who has called out director Brett Ratner in the past for sexual misconduct found out through the internet that one of her coworkers Steven Wilder Striegel, 47, was a registered sex offender. The two had a small scene in the upcoming movie ‘The Predator’ which has now been cut out. Striegel in 2010 pleaded guilty to trying to have sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl. Olivia passed this information to studio executives on August 15, 2018, who decided to cut out the scene Striegel was in. The studio denied knowing Streigel’s background.
Munn told the Los Angeles Times that she found it, “both surprising and unsettling that Shane Black, our director, did not share this information to the cast, crew, or Fox Studios prior to, during, or after production. However I am relieved that when Fox finally did receive the information, the studio took appropriate action by deleting the scene featuring Wilder prior to release of the film”
Shane Black the director of ‘The Predator’ decided to cast his longtime friend Striegel in the movie despite knowing Striegel’s history. “I personally chose to help a friend. I can understand others might disapprove, as his conviction was on a sensitive charge and not be taken lightly.” The two had been good friends since 2004.
Spriegel told the Los Angeles Times, “I’ve known Shane Black 14 years, well before this incident, and I think it’s worth noting that he was aware of the facts. Shane can speak for himself, but I’m quite certain that if he felt I was a danger in any way to have around, he would not have.”
Spriegel served 6 months in jail for “risk of injury to a child and enticing a minor by computer”. Spriegel told the Los Angeles Times that he was only trying to help a “distant relative” get over some low self-esteem issues which resulted in her doing drugs and having sex by telling her she was “attractive, and sexy”. However, during the 2009 investigations, there were allegations of him having physical contact with the 14-year-old, which involved kissing and touching her breasts.
Furthermore, in several email exchanges, Spriegel got sexually explicit with the 14-year-old. Including talking about sexual positions and wanting to only have sex with her. “EVERY thing you say turns me on!! I love that it rocked you when I pulled your hair that time,” he wrote to her in one of the email exchanges. He then goes on to tell her to keep the relationship quiet. The girls father eventually found out which led to Striegel getting arrested.
Since the Los Angeles Times story broke with more information on Striegel’s past, Shane Black has since issued an apology. “After learning more about the affidavit, transcripts and additional details surrounding Steve Striegel’s sentence, I am deeply disappointed in myself. I apologize to all of those, past and present, I’ve let down by having Steve around them without giving them a voice in the decision.”
Olivia Munn has since posted on her Instagram that her mom taught her to stand up for what’s right.
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My mom taught me to never be afraid to stand up and say “Wait, that’s not okay.” Even if you find yourself standing alone, speak up. Even if people get mad at you, speak up. It is not our job to stay silent so that others can stay comfortable. Use your voice to shape the world or others will continue to shape it for us.
The Predator will open worldwide on September 14, 2018.