Olivia Wilde Defends ‘Richard Jewell’ Role in Which Her Reporter Offers Sex for Scoops
Published on Dec 03, 2019
Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell” does not open until mid-December, but it’s already at the center of controversy due to its depiction of Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs, played in the movie by Olivia Wilde. The script, written by Billy Ray, suggests Scruggs offered to sleep with an FBI agent (Jon Hamm) in exchange for news information. The FBI agent responds, “Kathy, you couldn’t fuck it out of them. What makes you think you could fuck it out of me?” The line suggests Scruggs had a history of offering sex for scoops. The film also implies that Scruggs and the FBI agent have already slept together.
Scruggs’ portrayal in the film has been condemned by Kevin Riley, the current editor in chief of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Riley said in a statement to IndieWire “there is no evidence that this ever happened” and called the film’s suggestion that
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Author: Zack Sharf