Olivia Munn’s The Predator co-star Boyd Holbrook has released a statement regarding the controversy which saw Munn get a scene cut from the film after finding out that it featured a registered sex offender.
Munn, who plays Casey Bracket in the movie, appeared in a scene with actor Steven Wilder Striegel. Striegel spent six months in prison in 2010 after pleading guilty to risk of injury to a child and enticing a minor by computer after he was accused of trying to lure a 14-year-old girl into a sexual relationship via email.
Munn says was unaware of Striegel’s conviction at the time of filming and upon finding out about Striegel’s conviction, she quickly informed the movie’s producers, Fox. The scene was later deleted and the studio released a statement saying they were unaware of Striegel’s background when he was hired.
The actress says that ‘The Predator’ director Shane Black hasn’t spoken to her since the controversy, while she also hit out at her castmates, stating she felt disheartened by their lack of response and support.
After revealing her feelings about her costars, Sterling K. Brown, who plays Traeger in the film, tweeted his support for the actor. “I’m sorry you’re feeling so isolated, my dear,” he wrote. “And I’m sorry you’ve been the only one to speak up publicly.”
He also confirmed that the cast were not aware of Striegel’s history before filming. “I so appreciate that you “didn’t leave well enough alone,” & again, I’m sorry you feel isolated in taking action,” he continued. “Thank you to @20thcenturyfox for taking quick action in deleting the scene. @oliviamunn I hope you don’t feel quite so alone. You did the right thing.”
Now, Boyd Holbrook, who plays Quinn McKenna in the movie, has also released a statement, apologising for not speaking out sooner. “I want to start by apologizing for this statement coming late in the current conversation. I do not take any of what has gone on lightly, and I want to speak from the most honest and genuine place possible,” he said.
“I have stated before, and I will state it again, I am proud of Olivia for the way that she handled a difficult and alarming situation, and I am grateful that Fox took the information seriously and took action swiftly.”
“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, neither of which I wanted to incite to the anonymous young woman (the 2010 victim),” he continued. “I now realize that my understanding of the situation was not the full picture and the last thing I want is for Olivia to ever feel abandoned or alone.
“We are in the midst of a very crucial and important time and it is imperative that we keep listening.” The Predator is due for release on September 12.