Better ‘late’ than never…
As we reported, Olivia Munn criticized The Predator director Shane Black‘s decision to cast registered sex offender Steven Wilder Striegel in a now-cut scene.
Shortly after costar Sterling K. Brown responded on Twitter, on Monday, Boyd Holbrook issued a statement where he apologizes for being “late,” and stands in support of Munn and her activism.
The actor told Variety:
“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. 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.”
Last week, Munn said at the Toronto International Film Festival that she felt isolated by her male costars, which prompted a response from Brown.
Holbrook admits he “pulled out of a small amount of press” over the weekend because he didn’t want to “cause unwanted trauma and pain” to the victim. He continued:
“It is true that I pulled out of a small amount of press on Saturday, as 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… 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.”
In 2010, Striegel plead guilty to two felonies — risk of injury to a child and enticing a minor by computer — and served six months in jail.
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