Clint Eastwood & Warner Bros Threatened With “Richard Jewell’ Defamation Suit From Atlanta Newspaper

Clint Eastwood & Warner Bros Threatened With “Richard Jewell’ Defamation Suit From Atlanta Newspaper

09 Dec 2019 (PT)
RICHARD JEWELLCLINT EASTWOODWARNER BROS

Richard Jewell opens wide this week, but the Clint Eastwood directed film could find itself in court soon afterwards facing defamation charges.

“It is highly ironic that a film purporting to tell a tragic story of how the reputation of an FBI suspect was grievously tarnished appears bent on a path to severely tarnish the reputation of the AJC, a newspaper with a respected 150-year-old publishing legacy,” declares a letter from attorney Marty Singer sent to Warner Bros and Oscar winner Eastwood on behalf of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution today.

Fueled by controversary the past two weeks over the film's depiction of the Oliva Wilde portrayed now deceased AJC reporter Kathy Scruggs alleging having sex with an FBI agent for a tip that security guard Jewell was their lead suspect in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing, the correspondence sent today makes no bones about the next step being a “defamation lawsuit in various jurisdictions.”

“The Richard Jewell film falsely portrays the AJC and its personnel as extraordinarily reckless, using unprofessional and highly inappropriate reporting methods, and engaging in constitutional malice by recklessly disregarding information inconsistent with its planned reporting,” the seven-page correspondence from the Hollywood heavyweight lawyers to Eastwood and the now AT&T-owned studio says. “This, too, is the of irony, since all those involved in the film’s creation and dissemination and its false portrayal of the AJC are the ones who have acted recklessly and are engaging in constitutional malice,” it adds.

Warner Bros has not responded to request for comment on the letter, which we understand they received this morning.

However, the letter from the Lavely & Singer partner wants a significant response from the film “based on the true story, as its promotional material states, ASAP.

“Since the film will be released internationally, my clients do not need to satisfy constitutional malice criteria for a successful defamation lawsuit in various jurisdictions including, but not limited to, the U .K., France, and Australia,” Singer asserts of the December 13 opening movie. “My clients will simply need to establish that statements in the film are false and that it is defamatory by harming my client’s reputation, one of the finest newspapers in the world.”

“Accordingly, 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 We further demand that you add a prominent disclaimer to the film to that effect.”

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Source: deadline.com

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Clint Eastwood & Warner Bros Threatened With “Richard Jewell’ Defamation Suit From Atlanta Newspaper
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