Clint Eastwood receives defamation lawsuit warning about & # 39; Richard Jewell & # 39

Brenda Watkins
December 10, 2019

Last week, we reported that Olivia Wilde had responded to some of Richard Jewell's criticisms of Clint Eastwood saying that much of the backlash against her character was based on a sexist refusal to accept female characters that are not necessarily meant to be nice.

The movie, which opens wide on Friday, tells the story of a security guard who was mistakenly suspected of carrying out the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing.

Written and directed by Adam Hootnick, Judging Jewell is just one of the many 30 for 30 shorts available to watch on ESPN+.

After receiving a legal threat from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper over the portrayal of one of its former journalists in the film Richard Jewell, Warner Bros. fired back.

Richard Jewell has been earning positive reviews from its time on the festival circuit and now boasts an 83% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes ahead of its debut in theaters nationwide on December 13.

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The letter goes on to demand, "Accordingly, we hereby demand that you immediately issue a statement publicly acknowledging that some events were imagined for dramatic purposes and artistic license and dramatization were used in the film's portrayal of events and characters". At issue is the film's depiction of how The Journal-Constitution broke the news, a few days later, that the FBI's initial lead suspect was Jewell, who discovered the bomb.

"The film literally makes things up and adds to misunderstandings about how serious news organizations work", Riley told Variety.

"We also demand that you add a prominent disclaimer to the film in that regard", they added, according to Variety. To this point, the letter notes that Brenner - who wrote the 1997 Vanity Fair article on which the movie is based - repeatedly noted in her original story the various instances when Scruggs' information was properly vetted. The AJC's claims are baseless and we will vigorously defend against them, ' the studio's statement concluded.

In the letter, first obtained by Deadline, Singer adds: "Since the film will be released internationally, my clients do not need to meet the constitutional criteria of malice for a successful libel claim in several jurisdictions that include, among others, the Kingdom United, France and Australia".

Jewell was cleared months later, and the confessed bomber still is imprisoned on multiple life sentences. A series of lawsuits against media outlets eventually culminated in a 2012 appeals court decision finding that The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was not liable because they accurately and fairly reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation suspected Jewell.

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