Scruggs, who died in 2001, was working at The Atlanta Journal-Structure when she broke a narrative that the FBI was investigating safety guard Richard Jewell for the bombing in Centennial Olympic Park throughout the 1996 Olympics. Jewell wrongly got here below suspicion after he noticed and reported a pipe bomb that had been left in a bag within the crowded park.
Jewell was exonerated 12 weeks later and Eric Rudolph was named because the bombing suspect in 1998. Rudolph ultimately pleaded responsible and is serving life in jail, whereas Jewell died in 2007 at age 44.
“I used to be requested to play the supporting function of Kathy Scruggs, who was, by all accounts, daring, sensible, and fearlessly undeterred by the problem of being a feminine reporter within the south within the 1990s. I can’t even ponder the quantity of sexism she might have confronted in the best way of responsibility,” she wrote.
“Opposite to a swath of current headlines, I don’t imagine that Kathy ‘traded intercourse for ideas.’ Nothing in my analysis urged she did so, and it was by no means my intention to recommend she had,” Wilde continued. “That might be an appalling and misogynistic dismissal of the troublesome work she did.”
“The attitude of the fictional dramatization of the story, as I understood it, was that Kathy, and the FBI agent who leaked false data to her, have been in a pre-existing romantic relationship, not a transactional trade of intercourse for data.”
In the end, she wrote, “I can’t communicate for the inventive selections made by the filmmakers, as I didn’t have a say in how the movie was finally crafted, however it’s essential to me that I share my private tackle the matter.”
The Atlanta Journal-Structure has requested Warner Bros., the movie’s director Eastwood, and screenwriter Billy Ray, to subject a press release acknowledging a number of the occasions within the movie have been “imagined for dramatic functions.”
Warner Bros. is standing by the movie.
“The movie relies on a variety of extremely credible supply materials. There isn’t a disputing that Richard Jewell was an harmless man whose fame and life have been shredded by a miscarriage of justice. It’s unlucky and the final word irony that the Atlanta Journal Structure, having been part of the push to judgment of Richard Jewell, is now attempting to malign our filmmakers and solid,” the studio stated in a press release to CNN earlier this week. “‘Richard Jewell’ focuses on the actual sufferer, seeks to inform his story, affirm his innocence and restore his identify.”
The studio additionally pointed to a disclaimer included on the finish of the film.
“The movie relies on precise historic occasions,” the disclaimer reads. “Dialogue and sure occasions and characters contained within the movie have been created for the needs of dramatization.”