Olivia Munn has been speaking out extensively about making Fox cutting actor and registered sex offender Steven Wilder Striegel from The Predator movie. After she learned that Striegel has been convicted of being a sex offender she called on the studio to cut the scene. She called her co-stars so they would be informed of the situation.
In 2010 Striegel pleaded guilty to trying to lure a 14-year-old girl into a sexual relationship using the internet. According to the Los Angeles Times, he served six months in jail after pleading guilty to two felonies. A lot has happened since news broke of this incident and how Munn has been an ally to sexual assault survivors.
Most recently the once 14-year-old Jane Doe survivor has come out and identified herself and thanked Munn for her actions.
The former Jane Doe, Paige Carnes made a statement to the L.A. Times about why she’s now deciding to come forward. Munn shared her words on her Twitter.
“I was not able to speak for myself when I was 14,” Carnes wrote. “The consequences of this abuse are profound and permanent for some. When the abuse takes place with a child, it is even harder to overcome.”
“Support can come in many forms. Sometimes all it takes is one person speaking up for you, acknowledging your worth as a human being.”
Striegel was cast in The Predator because his longtime friend Shane Black is the director. They were friends before he was found guilty of risk of injury to a child and enticing a minor by computer and remained friends afterward. Black has cast Striegel in multiple movies since his release from prison.
“I personally chose to help a friend,” Black said in a written statement to the L.A. Times. “I can understand others might disapprove, as his conviction was on a sensitive charge and not to be taken lightly.”
Black knew about Striegel’s history and went on to write that he believed his friend was “caught up in a bad situation versus something lecherous.” He never informed the studio or his cast about Striegel being a registered sex offender.
Munn has experienced backlash from her co-stars for speaking out about Striegel. Her only co-stars who have voiced support for her speaking out are Sterling K Brown and 11-year-old Jacob Trembley. Her cast members were accused of canceling interviews with Munn over her stance on this issue.
The L.A. Times offered a detailed recount of the assault.