Richard Jewell, latest film directed by Clint Eastwood, has been hit with heavy criticism ahead of its release. Eastwood’s Oscar-winning actress was at the center of scandal yesterday, following a recent film telling a journalist to turn sex in exchange for the news, thus facing possible legal action from the newspaper.
‘Richard Jewell’ tells of an innocent man who found himself the target of media reports after the bombing of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Jewell was initially identified as a hero when he discovered the pipe bomb but was confirmed as a suspect by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) by the media, including Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs.
Scruggs, played by actress Olivia Wilde, was portrayed in the movie using sex as a lure to obtain information from FBI agents regarding the identity of the suspect.
“The description given to our reporters was shocking and very clear it was a Hollywood manifestation”.
“The film highlights the evil intentions that have plagued the media and is deliberately misleading”, said the editor of the newspaper Kevin G. Riley.
Never arrested or charged, Jewell was found not guilty by the FBI after 88 days but various television stations ‘lined up’ in front of his home during that time, disturbing the man and his family.
He then became the subject of speculation and materialism by all parties.
The owner of the newspaper Cox Enterprises sent letters to Clint Eastwood and Warner Bros, demanding an open statement confirming that some scenes were deliberately added to provide dramatic elements.