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Clint Eastwood’s upcoming “Richard Jewell” has been severely criticized by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) for its depiction of reporter Kathy Scruggs, and the paper has now asked Warner Bros. to issue a disclaimer to play along with the film.

According to Variety, the AJC said that the film’s portrayal of Kathy Scruggs as a journalist willing to trade sex for news tips is completely false and without merit.

“The film shows Scruggs, portrayed by Olivia Wilde, sleeping with an FBI agent (Jon Hamm) to get the story,” reports Variety. “Scruggs died in 2001 at the age of 42. The paper has maintained that there is no evidence that Scruggs slept with anyone involved in the Jewell investigation.”

Richard Jewell became a national hero during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, when he discovered a bomb that was planted in Centennial Park. Risking his own life, Jewell successfully helped to evacuate the area, saving countless lives before the bomb detonated. As a result of his heroic feats, only one person died in the blast (a second person later died of a heart attack) while 111 people were injured. Though first hailed for his triumphant efforts, things quickly turned sour for Jewell the moment the media learned that the FBI was investigating him as a potential suspect, believing he may have planted the bomb himself in order to gain notoriety.

In a letter, the AJC demanded that Warner Bros. release a statement clarifying some of the events depicted in the film, such as Kathy Scruggs trading sex for secrets, were dramatized. Famed Hollywood attorney Martin Singer, whom Variety billed as being “known for his pitbull tactics,” has been hired to represent the paper.

“We hereby demand that you immediately issue a statement publicly acknowledging that some events were imagined for dramatic purposes and artistic license and dramatization were used in the film’s portrayal of events and characters,” the letter stated. “We further demand that you add a prominent disclaimer to the film to that effect.”

Kevin G. Riley, editor of the Journal-Constitution, said the film’s depiction of Kathy Scruggs plays into harmful stereotypes about female journalists.

“I think this letter makes it clear how seriously we take the misrepresentation of our reporters’ actions and of the actions of the newspaper during that time,” he said. “We have been clear about how disturbed we are in the film’s use of a Hollywood trope about reporters … and how it misrepresents how seriously journalists concern themselves with reporting accurately and ethically.”

“The film literally makes things up and adds to misunderstandings about how serious news organizations work,” continued Riley. “It’s ironic that the film commits the same sins that it accuses the media of committing.”

Actress Olivia Wilde, who portrayed Scruggs, has defended the film’s portrayal of her.

“I think it’s a shame that she has been reduced to one inferred moment in the film,” Wilde said at the 2019 Gotham Awards red carpet. “It’s a basic misunderstanding of feminism as pious, sexlessness. It happens a lot to women; we’re expected to be one-dimensional if we are to be considered feminists. There’s a complexity to Kathy, as there is to all of us, and I really admired her.”

“Richard Jewell” goes nationwide on December 13 and currently holds an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Gleimhart Mantooso December 11, 2019
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Probably about 95% of female reporterettes are liberals, which mean they have no morals, which means sleeping with a source for information is well within their wheelhouse. Liberal women are sluts, which is why they love abortion. Spare me "she's not that kind of girl" crap.
Wilson December 11, 2019
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Just put the usual based on a true story at the beginning of the movie and tell them to go to hell in the end credits.
Alfred E Newman December 11, 2019
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the truth hurts
Wilson December 11, 2019
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Didn't some FBI agents get in trouble for misconduct in a hotel room some time back?
Alan December 11, 2019
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I don't think the casting couch is limited to Holywood. Besides sleeping with the enemy or sleeping with someone for information is not that uncommon.
Evangeline December 11, 2019
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I am a die hard Republican but I have to say, putting that in a film when it was a real person, when there is no proof she did it, is like making her guilty until proven innocent. Imagine if they depicted one of your family members as doing something like that. And the person was dead. How would you feel?
steve December 11, 2019
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...mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmFUCK'EM...!!!
Gr8awakening December 11, 2019
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How do these media folks know she didn’t have sex with an FBI agent. I find it ironic that they don’t defend the FBI. Sexism is and always has been a problem even today. Matt Lauer just recently has pending allegations. If I were Clint Eastwood I would refuse to put any disclaimers because they can’t prove it’s false even if he can’t prove it’s true.
Chaz December 11, 2019
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So are we to assume that female reporters have never used their "feminine wiles" to climb the ladder of journalistic success, as in any other profession? Stepping on the Media's delicate toes is apparently an impeachable offense, as well?
Paul December 11, 2019
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Any film made to show actual history will be filled with things that didn't necessarily happen simply because there wasn't a reel to reel to actually watch what happened. That should be understood. It should also be understood that some scenes will be added simply to whet viewer appetite.
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