The statement does not directly address the publication's complaints about the film's portrayal of Scruggs, who, it's implied in the film, offered to trade sex with an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent (Jon Hamm) for information on the Jewell case. "That is entirely false and malicious, and it is extremely defamatory and damaging", the letter said.
It demanded Warner Bros. the studio behind the film, add a disclaimer when it is released in the United States later this week. Jewell wrongly came under suspicion after he spotted and reported a pipe bomb that had been left in a bag in the crowded park. The explosives killed one person and injured more than 100.
But Hauser and Rockwell find a chemistry that works, contrasting Jewell's mixture of competence and delusion with Bryant's furious, frustrated clarity. But soon after, the FBI began investigating him because he was believed to fit a personality profile of a lone bomber.
Olivia Wilde plays the late Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs in "Richard Jewell". Caught in 2003, Rudolph admitted to the Olympics bombing and more in 2005 in exchange for escaping a likely visit to the death chair. "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 Constitution was the only outlet that did not settle, and the case was eventually dismissed in 2011.
"The film is based on a wide range of highly credible source material", Warner Bros.' statement reads (via Variety). "'Richard Jewell' focuses on the true sufferer, seeks to inform his story, verify his innocence and restore his title".
The Atlanta Journal-Structure slammed Hollywood's portrayal of Scruggs, denying that modified into as soon as how she got the story.
It also claims the film suggests that the AJC relied on questionable sourcing for its stories on Jewell and that it did not fact-check.
A disclaimer at the end of the film says it was "based on actual historical events". It provides, "Dialogue and sure occasions and characters contained within the movie had been created for the needs of dramatization".
On "The View", liberal co-host Joy Behar offered a passionate defense of Scruggs, telling the filmmakers shouldn't "turn on the woman even after she's gone", adding how she's "not here to defend herself".
Former AJC reporter Ron Martz, who reported on the bombing along with Scruggs, said, "She was one of the better reporters I ever worked with". "If they had actually contacted me it might have ruined their idea of what they wanted the story to be". I have nothing but respect for Kathy Scruggs, she's no longer with us, so I feel a certain amount of responsibility to protect her legacy and tell people: 'Back off. "She spent a lot of time talking to cops, attorneys, prosecutors", he said. All of a sudden, Jewell was the mistaken villain, forced to endure unfathomable media and law-enforcement scrutiny, as well as rampant media speculation that he may have committed the very crime he had so bravely attempted to thwart. HuffPost senior reporter Jeffrey Young tweeted that this stereotype makes female reporters' jobs more hard. The movie, which premiered November 20 at AFI Fest in Los Angeles, is another of Eastwood's films "depicting the dark side of celebrated heroes", according to The Times' Glenn Whipp. To this point, the letter notes that Brenner - who wrote the 1997 Vanity Fair article on which the movie is based - repeatedly noted in her original story the various instances when Scruggs' information was properly vetted.