This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows a scene from the movie, “the Predator.” Twentieth Century Fox has cut a scene from the movie with actor Steven Wilder Striegel after learning he is a registered sex offender. A few hours before the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, a spokesman from Fox said, Striegel is the only scene in the film was removed immediately after the studio learned from Striegel the background.
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TORONTO – Just hours before the premiere of “The Predator” at the Toronto International Film Festival, Twentieth Century Fox said that the removal of a scene from the film, with actor Steven Wilder Striegel after learning he is a registered sex offender.
A spokesman for Fox on Thursday said Striegel is the only scene in the film was promptly cut after the studio learned from Striegel the background. Fox said that it does not know of the actor, and the history due to legal restrictions on running a background check on the actors.
“Our studio was not aware of Mr. Striegel the background when he was hired,” said the spokesman. “A few weeks ago, when the studio learned the details, one scene in the movie was to be removed within 24 hours.”
Shane Black, director of the fourth installment in the sci-fi action franchise, has long been a friend of Striegel and has often cast him in his films.
Black said in a statement: “After reading this morning news, it has unfortunately become clear to me that I was misled by a friend that I really wanted to believe told me the truth, when he described the circumstances of his conviction. I strongly believe in giving people a second chance — but sometimes, you discover that the chance is not as guaranteed as you may hope.
“After learning more about the affidavit, transcripts, and additional details about Steve Striegel the way, I’m deeply disappointed in myself. I apologize for all those, past and present, I have left in the lurch by having Steve around without having a voice in the decision.”
The Los Angeles Times first reported the reediting of “The Predator” to remove Striegel. It said that the Fox was warned for Striegel in the background of the by actress Olivia Munn. Munn stars in the film, and played opposite Striegel in his one scene.
Striegel plead guilty in 2010 for attempting to entice a 14-year-old woman in a sexual relationship via the internet. He worked six months in prison. The former “Melrose Place” actor has previously appeared in Black 2013 film “Iron Man 3” and the 2016 comedy “The Nice Guys.”
Black told The Los Angeles Times: “I chose to help a friend. I can understand that others disapprove of, as his conviction was on a sensitive load and not to be taken lightly.”