Actress Olivia Munn says her The Predator colleagues shunned her after she blew the whistle on her convicted sex offender co-star and got his scene cut from the film.
The 38-year-old actress has launched an attack on her fellow co-stars for not ‘reaching out’ after she successfully lobbied director Shane Black to have the controversial scene deleted from the new movie.
Convicted sex offender, Steven Wilder Striegel, who has been a friend of the director for 14 years, originally appeared in the film alongside her, but the scene was pulled after Munn notified bosses of his past.
Munn, who plays Casey Bracket in the sequel to the classic 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, says she was hurt her colleagues did not contact her to check she was OK after the revelations came to light last month.
Actress Olivia Munn at The Predator photocall in Madrid last week. She says her co-stars have not supported her after she got her scene with a convicted sex offender cut from the film
Steven Wilder Striegel was convicted of trying to lure a 14-year-old girl into a relationship in 2010 and was sentenced to six months in jail
Keegan Michael Key and Olivia Munn speak onstage during the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York last month
The X-Men: Apocalypse and Zoolander 2 star was also shocked to see her co-stars give Black a standing ovation at the film’s premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in Canada last night.
Despite director Black’s public apology, Munn said he never apologized to her personally.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Munn discovered Striegel is a registered sex offender last month who pleaded guilty in 2010 to attempting to lure a 14-year-old girl into a sexual relationship online.
Striegel, 48, said he was convicted over emails, but details of case from an affidavit seen by the LA Times suggest he ‘kissed’ the youngster.
Shane Black and Steve Wilder Striegel (left) during 2005 Toronto Film Festival. Black said he was mislead by his long-term friend who he said he was ‘trying to help’
Since Striegel’s release from prison after his six-month sentence, he has appeared in two of Black’s films – Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys.
Black, who has known Steven for 14 years, said he was ‘trying to help a friend’.
In a statement he wrote: ‘Having read this morning’s news reports, it has sadly become clear to me that I was misled by a friend I really wanted to believe was telling me the truth when he described the circumstances of his conviction.
‘I believe strongly in giving people second chances – but sometimes you discover that chance is not as warranted as you may have hoped.
Studio Twentieth Century Fox bosses, who Munn claimed were aware of the convictions, pulled the controversial scene from The Predator, which is due to be released on Friday.
The Predator, which is due to be released on Friday will no feature Striegel alongside Olivia Munn, pictured at the premiere during the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Ryerson Theatre last Thursday
The Predator stars (left to right) Keegan-Michael Key, Jacob Tremblay, Boyd Holbrook and Olivia Munn at the Variety Studio in Toronto
In a statement the studio said it was ‘not aware of his background’ during casting due to ‘legal limitations’.
According to Munn, her The Predator co-stars including Narcos star Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Augusto Aguilera, and Sterling K Brown, declined to give public statements to the LA Times over Striegel’s casting.
Munn told Vanity Fair: ‘I kind of feel like I’m the one going to jail. I didn’t go to jail, I didn’t put this guy on our set. I had this scene deleted. Thank God, honestly, that there is social media.
Olivia Munn and Jacob Tremblay in action in a scene from The Predator – a sequel to the 1987 film staring Arnold Schwarzenegger
Lead actor Boyd Holbrook (left) posted ion Instagram he was sorry for ‘coming late to the conversation’
The Predator stars (left to right) Boyd Holbrook, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey, Trevante Rhodes
‘It’s the fans and news outlets that’s confirming it to me that what I did was the right thing. If I didn’t have that feedback, I’d kind of go a little crazy thinking, why am I being treated like this? That’s not OK, to feel like the bad guy.’
Her male colleagues also backed out of interviews and some dropped out of press appearances to promote the film after the news of Striegel’s past emerged, The Hollywood Reporter said.
But the film’s lead actor, Boyd Holbrook, has since apologized for ‘coming late’ to the conversation in a statement on Instagram.
Since his release from prison Steven Wilder Striegel he has appeared in Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys, both directed by Shane Black’s films
He posted last night: ‘I am proud of Olivia for the way that she handled a difficult and alarming situation and I’m grateful that Fox took the information seriously and took action swiftly.
‘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.
‘I do not take any of what has gone on lightly. I now realize that my understanding of the situation was was not the full picture and the last thing I want is for Olivia to ever feel abandoned or alone.’
In a series of tweets, Munn’s co-star Sterling K Brown also said he was sorry Munn, who has campaigned for the #TimesUp and #MeToo movement, felt alone in speaking out.
He wrote: ‘I’m sorry you’re feeling so isolated, my dear. And I’m sorry you’ve been the only one to speak up publicly. I was not at #TIFF [Toronto International Film Festival] so I didn’t have an opportunity to be there with you.’
Olivia Munn said she did not choose to work with a sex offender in a series of tweets at the weekend
Munn said many of the other cast members did not want her to show up to make it easier for them to dodge the controversy surrounding the film
Co-star Sterling K Brown apologized to Munn if she felt alone in speaking up about the casting of Striegel