Olivia Wilde Responds To Backlash Surrounding Her Richard Jewell Character

It wouldn’t be awards season without a controversy or two making the rounds. One of the latest examples of such a hot topic is the discussion surrounding how Atlanta-Journal Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs, played by Olivia Wilde, was portrayed in Clint Eastwood’s film Richard Jewell.

And in an update surrounding this particular subject, Oliva Wilde has issued a response to the claims made against her depiction. The actor’s remarks begin as follows:

It was previously made known that The Atlanta-Journal Constitution disapproved of how Kathy Scruggs was shown in the version of events shown in Richard Jewell. In particular, the paper accused director Clint Eastwood’s film of showing Scruggs engaging in a sexual relationship with a law enforcement officer in exchange for details on the investigation into Richard Jewell, who had become a suspect in the Olympic Park bombing.

With the initial discussion now kicked off, Olivia Wilde decided to directly address the backlash herself through a larger thread of tweets that she posted earlier today. A big reason as to why Wilde directly engaged the public in this subject was the fact that, as you’ll see below, she apparently held a different opinion on Kathy Scruggs than the Richard Jewell narrative had. In her words:

Olivia Wilde isn’t the only party expressing their feelings on this matter, as not only is the Atlanta-Journal Constitution and its parent company planning to sue Warner Bros, the studio behind Richard Jewell, the company is claiming one particular aspect of the film puts it in the clear.

According to Deadline, the following disclaimer protects the studio, and by logical extension Olivia Wilde, from any accusations of wrongdoing:

There’s room on either side of the Richard Jewell argument to discuss which side is right. But in all honestly, it’s hard to come down on one side or the other with any definitive nature. Ultimately, Clint Eastwood’s direction of a script by writer Billy Ray is a dramatized version of events that actually took place.

Ultimately, the judgement of whether or not Richard Jewell is faithful to the events of history comes down to two parties: a court of law, should legal proceedings move forward, and the audience that experiences the film. Besides that, “the truth” is just as elusive now as it was when this argument began.

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