‘Predator’ Director Regrets Casting Registered Sex Offender: ‘I Was Misled By A Friend I Really Wanted To Believe’

Olivia Munn is speaking out after learning Shane Black, director of the upcoming film “Predator”, hired a registered sex offender for the movie.

Speaking to The LA Times, the actress, 38, says she is “surprised” with Black’s decision.

Twentieth Century Fox has since pulled the scene featuring actor Steven Wilder Striegel, who, according to the outlet, attempted “to lure a 14-year-old female into a sexual relationship via the internet.” He did plead guilty to the crime.

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Munn said she found it “both surprising and unsettling that Shane Black, our director, did not share this information to the cast, crew, or Fox Studios prior to, during, or after production.”

“However,” she continued, “I am relieved that when Fox finally did receive the information, the studio took appropriate action by deleting the scene featuring Wilder prior to the release of the film.”

Black, on the other hand, defended his choice, “I personally chose to help a friend,” he said in a written statement to The LA Times. “I can understand others might disapprove, as his conviction was on a sensitive charge and not to be taken lightly.”

The filmmaker changed his tone, however, in a new statement published by IndieWire.

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“Having read this morning’s news reports, it has sadly become clear to me that I was misled by a friend I really wanted to believe was telling me the truth when he described the circumstances of his conviction,” Black’s said. “I believe strongly in giving people second chances – but sometimes you discover that chance is not as warranted as you may have hoped.”

“After learning more about the affidavit, transcripts and additional details surrounding Steve Striegel’s sentence, I am deeply disappointed in myself,” he continued. “I apologize to all of those, past and present, I’ve let down by having Steve around them without giving them a voice in the decision.”

Jacob Tremblay, Sterling K. Brown and Munn star in the upcoming action flick which will premiere at TIFF on Thursday before hitting theatres worldwide on Sept. 14.

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