An Atlanta newspaper has demanded that the studio behind Clint Eastwood‘s new movie “Richard Jewell” issue a statement saying they used dramatic license when portraying a reporter sleeping with a source to break a story, a report said Monday.
The newspaper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, told Variety that the allegation former reporter Kathy Scruggs bedded an FBI agent to learn a security guard was under investigation for the Centennial Olympic Park bombing is baseless.
“We hereby demand that you immediately issue a statement publicly acknowledging that some events were imagined for dramatic purposes and artistic license and dramatization were used in the film’s portrayal of events and characters,” the newspaper wrote to Warner Bros., Eastwood and the writer Billy Ray.
“We further demand that you add a prominent disclaimer to the film to that effect,” they added, according to Variety.
The movie tells the story of how security guard Richard Jewell was thrust into the spotlight after the Journal-Constitution reported he was under investigation for the 1996 bombing that killed one and wounded more than 100 others.
Scruggs, who is portrayed by Olivia Wilde in the film, broke the story that the FBI was investigating Jewell in connection to the blast.
The movie shows Wilde sleeping with an FBI agent — portrayed by Jon Hamm — to get the scoop.
“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 editor of the Journal-Constitution, Kevin G. Riley, told Variety.
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