A registered sex offender has had his scenes cut from forthcoming franchise reboot The Predator. Steven Wilder Striegel appeared in one scene, as a creepy dude cat-calling the character played by Olivia Munn. The actress claims none of the cast were made aware of Striegel’s conviction during filming and, upon being alerted to it, she was the one who requested Fox remove the scene.
Fox claimed not to have known about Striegel’s background either. The actor pleaded guilty to allegations he acted inappropriately with a 14-year-old girl, a relative of his, and served six months in prison in 2010. The Predator director Shane Black has since hired Striegel, a personal friend of his, for small roles in Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys.
“It’s been most tough on the Jane Doe that was in the story,” Munn has since said. The revelations have resulted in the cast backing out of promotional interviews with The Predator. Shane Black initially stood by his decision to hired Striegel, stating “I personally chose to help a friend. I can understand others might disapprove, as his conviction was on a sensitive charge and not to be taken lightly.”
He has since claimed that he had been “misled” about the nature of his conviction, and has since declined to attend the film’s premiere in Toronto. Striegel, meanwhile, claims “I’ve known Shane Black 14 years, well before this incident, and I think it’s worth noting that he was aware of the facts. Shane can speak for himself, but I’m quite certain that if he felt I was a danger in any way to have around, he would not have.”
.@oliviamunn I’m sorry you’re feeling so isolated, my dear. And I’m sorry you’ve been the only one to speak up publicly. I was not at #TIFF so I didn’t have an opportunity to be there with you. There are two main issues as far as I see it. First, what is and is not forgivable?… https://t.co/NQQpoO9kPa
— Sterling K Brown (@SterlingKBrown) September 9, 2018
Munn, who said it was “both surprising and unsettling” Black kept Striegel’s status from the cast and crew, has persisted with the press tour alone. Co-stars Sterling K Brown and Boyd Holbrook have since taken to social media in support of Munn, but declined to contribute to a public statement in The LA Times. Black apologised publicly, but not personally to Munn.
The actress has since said that she feels as if she’s been made out to be the “bad guy” in the situation. “I kind of feel like I’m the one going to jail,” she told one outlet. “I didn’t go to jail, I didn’t put this guy on our set.”
The case has echoes of the allegations of sexual assault made against Bryan Singer, which presumably played a part in his bowing out of Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, and the ongoing career of Jeepers Creepers director and convicted child molester Victor Salva.
The Predator will be released on 12 September 2018.