Hours before its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the new Predator movie was hit with some startling news from actor Olivia Munn. Munn told the studio that actor Steven Wilder Striegel, who appears in the movie for one scene alongside herself, is a registered sex offender. Munn asked that the scene be removed from the movie, and it was. However, she’s now facing unexpected hardship amid the movie’s promotional tour.
The controversy involving Striegel, who pleaded guilty in 2010 in response to allegations that he exchanged sexually charged emails with an underage girl, has rocked the cast of Predator. Director Shane Black, a longtime friend of Striegel’s, has pulled out of TIFF and several other actors changed their press schedules to avoid speaking about the issue. Olivia Munn, meanwhile, has forged on in the press, advocating for her own actions in the situation while vocally wishing for more support from her co-stars.
Munn tweeted out that she was “contractually obligated” to do press for the movie, and she’s said since that it’s been lonely doing interviews and facing the issue while many of her cast-mates ducked out. “It’s honestly disheartening to have to fight for something so hard that is just so obvious to me,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I don’t know how to pretend. I don’t know how to skirt around the issue. It’s a very lonely feeling to be sitting here by myself when I should be sitting here with the rest of the cast.”
Shane Black has issued an apology on Twitter, and some of Munn’s co-stars have apologized to her for not being by her side.
Munn closed her thoughts with this: “Once [someone who has hurt a child] has gotten out of prison, they are allowed back out in society and that’s someone’s choice if they want to help that person. I wasn’t given that choice; that decision was made for me. My choice will always be to never give a second chance to anyone who hurts a child or an animal. That’s me. Everybody has their own prerogative. If you’re going to ask me, that’s going to be my choice.”