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‘It’s a very lonely feeling’: After blowing the whistle on Predator sex offender, Olivia Munn feels abandoned by her co-stars

Last week, just weeks before its premiere at the Toronto
International Film Festival, 20th Century Fox cut a scene
from director Shane Black’s The Predator featuring
a longtime friend of his who, it turned out, happens to be a
registered sex offender.

The studio only learned the news after lead actress Olivia
Munn, the only member of the cast who shared scenes with the
actor, reported to the studio that Steven Wilder Striegel spent
time in jail for attempting to seduce a 14-year-old girl
online.

But, in a recent interview with Variety, Munn said
it was days before Fox took action, meeting her report with
complete silence, pushing her to reach out again.

“I’m not saying they weren’t working on it behind the scenes,”
Munn said. “I just didn’t hear anything about it. But I’m happy
that they did obviously because I’m proud of the work we did in
this movie, we all worked really, really hard, and I wouldn’t
be able to morally stand behind this movie with this guy in
there.”

Also speaking to Variety, Black said he and Striegel
have been friends for over a decade, and that he simply felt he
was “helping a friend.” In fact, Black cast Striegel in his
previous films, The Nice Guys and Iron Man 3,
with cast and crew none the wiser.

Since the news came out, Munn revealed that Black has not
spoken to her, while her co-stars have given her and the entire
matter a cold shoulder. The actress has been doing the TIFF
interview circuit largely alone, most of her male co-stars all
backing out, seemingly in hopes of avoiding questions regarding
Black and Striegel.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Munn said one of her
male co-stars even “walked out” in the middle of a joint
interview when the subject came up. As of this weekend, the
only one to join Munn in a Toronto chat has been 11-year-old
Jacob Tremblay, all others having dropped out.

She noted on Twitter that she is contractually obligated to
continue the press tour, “And from what I’m experiencing, I
think they’d prefer I not show up. It would make everyone
breathe easier. Also, I worked really hard on this film, as did
the rest of the cast and crew.”

“It’s a very lonely feeling to be sitting here by myself when I
should be sitting here with the rest of the cast,” Munn said to
The Hollywood Reporter, looking visibly disappointed
and uncomfortable. “There are people who get very mad at you
for not just helping them bury it … I do feel like I’ve been
treated by some people that I’m the one who went to jail or I’m
the one that put this guy on set.”

Sterling K. Brown has been the only co-star to address the
controversy, tweeting this weekend in a tonally confusing
thread, “I’m sorry you’re feeling so isolated, my dear. I so
appreciate that you ‘didn’t leave well enough alone,’ and
again, I’m sorry you feel isolated in taking action.”

Keegan-Michael Key, meanwhile, had his publicist say in a
statement that he always intended to leave TIFF early “so he
could be home to spend the Jewish holiday with his wife,”
noting that he “reached out to Olivia privately last week to
let her know how proud he was of her.”

Castmates Boyd Holbrook and Trevante Rhodes, on the other hand,
have remained completely silent.

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