Two of the wives of Bernard Garrett Sr., who is the subject of Apple’s film “The Banker”, are asking them to stop the film in part due to them claiming Apple has “manipulated the narrative.”
Linda Garrett and Kathy Ussery Garrett, who were married to Garrett in the ’60s and ’90s respectively, are criticizing Apple over their choice to release the film in March.
Garrett’s son, who was billed a co-producer on the film, has had recent allegations put against him that he molested two girls in the family many years ago.
Both Linda and Kathy are not depicted in the film but said that the story has hurt their family.
“The story was stolen and distorted and it has been hurtful to the family. They have manipulated the narrative,” Linda Garrett’s attorney, Todd Burns of Burns Law told The Hollywood Reporter.
The film which stars Anthony Mackie, Nicholas Hoult and Samuel L. Jackson was set to be released on Dec. 6 but after allegations against Bernard Garrett Jr. from his half-sister on the eve of release, Apple postponed until they could look into the matter. Garrett Jr. denied the allegations.
“The Banker” follows two black men in the ’50s and ’60s who hired a white man to front their real estate business.
Apple has now announced the March premiere which has caused Garrett Jr.’s stepmothers and half-sisters to call on the service to pull the release once and for all.
“Bernard Jr. has already been paid for this movie. He should not have been allowed to profit from this,” said Ussery Garrett, who was married to Garrett Sr. when he died in 1999. “He was writing his book on big yellow pads and I was typing them up,” she recalled of helping him with his memoir.
Meanwhile, Linda provided evidence from her two daughters, who were 7 and 4 at the time, as they were allegedly “raped” and “molested” by Garrett Jr. which also helps debunk the timeline of the film.
“I am alive,” Linda Garrett wrote in a six-page letter. “If a tiny bit of interest in the truth existed none of this would have happened. I could have spared the filmmakers millions of dollars — and my daughters years more intentionally inflicted pain — over this recent rape of our identity if anyone had ever tried to find me.”
Apple responded to THR in a statement, writing, “Though we have no way of knowing what may have transpired between Mr. Garrett’s children in the 1970s, including the allegations of abuse we have recently been made aware of, our hearts go out to anyone who has suffered. The film itself is not based on the recollections of any of Bernard Garrett Sr.’s children, but rather on recorded interviews with Bernard Garrett Sr. himself, conducted in 1995, supported by congressional transcripts, court rulings, and other media articles from the era. We stand by the film and its positive message of empowerment.”