Olivia Munn says she’s received little support from fellow cast and crew after coming forward about a convicted sex offender on set
On September 6th, it was revealed that actress Olivia Munn had asked to have a scene removed from her upcoming movie The Predator after discovering that an actor in the scene was a registered sex offender. The scene was (thankfully) cut because of Munn’s vigilance; however, Munn has since said that she feels isolated from the rest of the cast after coming forward with her concerns.
In a solo interview with The Hollywood Reporter on September 8th, Munn said that she had experienced an “outpouring of support online and from the media” after her actions had been revealed. But she implied that some members of the cast, as well as director Shane Black, have been less than supportive.
"There are people who get very mad at you for not just helping them bury it," she said.
Munn noted that while Black had issued a public apology for casting the actor in question, Steven Striegel, he hadn’t personally spoken to her. She called her fight to have Striegel’s scene removed “disheartening.”
"I don’t know why this has to be such a hard fight," she told THR. "I do feel like I’ve been treated by some people that I’m the one who went to jail or I’m the one that put this guy on set. I found out, and it was really important to me to have the scene deleted."
“I don’t know how to skirt around the issue,” she continued. “I just know how to be honest about it. It’s a very lonely feeling to be sitting here by myself when I should be sitting here with the rest of the cast.”
Striegel, who’s friends with Black, pleaded guilty in 2010 to charges of enticing a minor by computer and risk of injuries to a child. In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, a spokesperson for 20th Century Fox said that the studio was not aware of the charges when they hired him “due to legal limitations that impede studios from running background checks on actors.”
But some of Munn’s costars in The Predator have spoken up in support of her actions. Keegan Michael Keytold Variety that he felt the studio “100% did the most appropriate thing” by cutting the scene when they found out.
Sterling K. Brown, who also appears in the movie, apologized to Munn in a September 9th Twitter thread, writing that he could not appear in the THR interview with her because he was not at the film festival at the time.
It’s frustrating to hear that Munn feels punished for doing the right thing, but we hope she knows her actions made a difference—and that so many people have her back.