Shane Black apologises for casting his sex offender friend in The Predator

Brenda Watkins
September 11, 2018

Streigler, who played DAYS' Jack from 1997 to 1998, was cast in the film The Predator by its director, Shane Black, in the role of a jogger who makes a play for the character played by one of the film's stars Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse). "I was not at #TIFF so I didn't have an opportunity to be there with you".

"I'm contractually obligated. And from what I'm experiencing, I think they'd prefer I not show up", she said when asked about promoting the film following the controversy.

"I looked back and I see the guys standing up, and I was just confused, because I hadn't heard from them during the day". I wouldn't be able to morally stand behind this movie with this guy in there. However, Munn learned that Striegel is a convicted sex offender who had spent time in prison for trying to entice a teenager into a sexual relationship online. "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", said Black.

Last week, just weeks before its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, 20th Century Fox cut a scene from director Shane Black's The Predator featuring a longtime friend of his who, it turned out, happens to be a registered sex offender. "I so appreciate that you 'didn't leave well enough alone, '" Brown added, "& again, I'm sorry you feel isolated in taking action".

She continued, "I found out, and I was really important to me to have the scene deleted".

Addressing the fall out on Saturday, The Newsroom star said: 'It's a very lonely feeling to be sitting here by myself when I should be here with the rest of the cast'.

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Striegel's case was previously unknown to Fox "due to legal limitations that impede studios from running background checks on actors", says a studio statement. The people who are at the top, the people colluding to keep abusers in power, the people who are colluding to turn a blind eye so that they can keep making money, they are the people who created this disparity in the first place. It's the fans and news outlets that's confirming it to me that what I did was the right thing.

"[Striegel's firing] came out on Thursday and the interesting thing is not one of my cast members reached out to me to say "Are you ok?' or 'thanks" or anything", she said, fighting off tears.

"This was an enormously unfortunate chapter in my life, and one that I took, and continue to take, personal responsibility for", Streigel has said. Despite the scene being cut, Black originally defended his decision to cast Striegel, before later backtracking and apologizing, saying he was "deeply disappointed" in himself.

According to Munn, co-stars including Boyd Holbrook, Thomas Jane, Trevante Rhodes, and Keegan- Michael Key declined to give public statements addressing the Striegel casting.

Let's hope that Munn's courageous stand will not lead to her being blacklisted, but rather for the outrage to generate meaningful and lasting change.

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