Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Olivia Munn finds little support from 'Predator' peers

Olivia Munn finds little support from 'Predator' peers

@oliviamunn I hope you don't feel quite so alone.

According to the Times, Munn told Fox what she learned about Striegel's past on August 15 and the studio cut his scene. Striegel is a registered sex offender and served six months in prison after pleading guilty to allegations that he exchanged inappropriate emails with a 14-year-old girl. In a statement confirming the scene's removal, Fox had stated they had not been "made aware of Mr Streigel's background when he was hired". The scene was cut.

She told the studio, Fox, who then cut it from the final movie. I didn't put this guy on our set. "I found out, and [it] was really important to me to have the scene deleted". Thank God, honestly, that there is social media. "If I didn't have that feedback, I'd kind of go a little insane thinking, 'Why am I being treated like this?'" the actress, 38, revealed.

Also speaking to Variety, Black said he and Striegel have been friends for over a decade, and that he simply felt he was "helping a friend". I do believe people deserve second chances, but I do have a hard line when it comes to people who hurt children or animals.

For one, on Saturday night, the 38-year-old actress was honored at the Creative Coalition's Spotlight Awards Dinner in Toronto where - while choking back tears - she opened up even more about what it was like to feel shunned from her cast just for bringing to light a disturbing practice by the director Black. And I'm sorry you've been the only one to speak out publicly. "It's a very lonely feeling to be sitting here by myself when I should be here with the rest of the cast". But, unfortunately, she doesn't feel that support from her director or castmates.

"What I take issue with, (& I believe Shane addressed this in his apology), is that we all have the right to know who we're working with!"

The reaction from the majority of the male cast (Jacob Tremblay aside, as he is a child and we're not about to get him involved in this) has been flat out bad.

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Black, who cast longtime friend Striegel in the film as jogger hitting on Munn's character, first defended the move in the original Times report. "With regards to forgiveness, I leave that to the individual", the actor continued. "You did the right thing". He was always departing TIFF early so he could be home to spend the Jewish holiday with his wife.

Munn, an advocate for #TimesUp and #MeToo movements, has been vocal about her disgust with the situation. "But they're not the only ones in the wrong".

However his publicist said that he reached out to Munn privately last week to express his admiration for her.

He released a statement where he said: "I apologise to all of those, past and present, I've let down by having Steve around them without giving them a voice in the decision".

She also added that people should be able to make a choice whether or not they work with a convicted criminal. I had this scene deleted.

Munn said Thursday that she is continuing to do press for the movie because of contractual obligations.

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