Olivia Munn speaks out against casting of registered sex offender in PREDATOR reboot.

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Olivia Munn has again weathered the storm of speaking out against sexual misconduct.

It’s been a whirlwind week or so for the actor after she went public about her choice to speak out when she learned that an actor with a small role on her new film “The Predator” is a registered sex offender.

Last week on “The Ellen Show,” Munn, 38, told host Ellen DeGeneres that learned through an acquaintance that Steven Wilder Striegel is a registered sex offender. When she did, she contacted Fox, and the studio removed his scene from the film.

“I found out through an acquaintance who wanted to know if I knew, and I didn’t know them well enough to know if they would say something or not. But I figured in that moment they weren’t calling me just to kind of give me the heads-up,” Munn told DeGeneres.

Striegel, whose only scene in the reboot was an appearance as a jogger who hits on Munn’s character, is a longtime friend of “The Predator” director Shane Black.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Striegel, 47, pleaded guilty in 2010 after facing allegations that he attempted to lure a 14-year-old female into a sexual relationship over the internet. Striegel served six months in jail after pleading guilty to two felonies: risk of injury to a child and enticing a minor by computer.

Black previously cast Striegel in his 2013 Marvel movie “Iron Man 3” and his 2016 crime caper “The Good Guys.”

Munn told DeGeneres that she chose to inform her “The Predator” co-stars after learning about Striegel’s sex offender status so that they wouldn’t be taken by surprise as she was.

“It was going to be something that got out there, so I wanted to give my costars a heads-up so that they wouldn’t be blindsided like I was,” she said on “The Ellen Show.” “When I did call my costars, I got chastised the next day by the studio for telling them, and ‘Why am I just not keeping it quiet? It’s all going to be OK. It got deleted. What’s the big deal?’ And I said, ‘Well, it happened.'”

The Oklahoma City native told The Hollywood Reporter that she was upset that she wasn’t given the choice of whether she wanted to work with Striegel on the three-page scene in which his character hits on her character repeatedly.

“I appreciate that people care that something like this happened, if someone wants to share their platform and their power with someone who went to prison for hurting a child. Once they’ve gotten out of prison, they’ve served their time, they are allowed to be back out in society and that’s their choice if they want to help that person. I wasn’t given that choice; that decision was made for me,” she said. “My choice will always be to never give a second chance to anyone who hurts a child or an animal. That’s me. Everybody has their own prerogative. If you’re going to ask me, that’s going to be my choice.”

Feeling ‘iced out’

When the news got out, a number of Munn’s castmates backed out of promotional events for the film. Munn and Jacob Tremblay were the only actors that showed up for The Hollywood Reporter’s Video Lounge at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the film premiered, and she described it as “a very lonely feeling.”

“My cast members, nobody said anything to me about it. Nobody talked to me. Nobody reached out that whole day,” Munn told DeGeneres on “The Ellen Show.” “At first I thought maybe it’s because they just don’t know what to say, they want to stay out of the way. But privately I did feel iced out and I think that’s what’s really important for people to understand is when you see something, you have to say something. However, it’s not going to be easy and there will be people that just get mad at you for not playing the game.

“I think that people expected me to be quiet because it’s my movie, but the truth is I don’t care,” she added. “I don’t care if this movie gave me all the money in the world and all the power. If it cost one person’s life, they can take it. I don’t want this career.”

Munn told DeGeneres that the public response to her standing up and speaking out was encouraging.

“The public, social media, fans, strangers on the street, all of the news outlets have been extremely supportive and that’s such a gift because it’s not an easy situation to be in. It happened about 10 years ago, he’s 38 years old and went after a 14-year-old female relative and when I found that out, I did call Fox and I said, ‘We have to delete this scene,’ and they did, thankfully,” Munn said on the talk show.

“When you do movies, we have this reach. It goes everywhere, you know. There’s people in the world that see what we do and just that tiny drop of fame can be used to hurt an impressionable person and that’s not OK.”

Munn told DeGeneres that her family in Oklahoma City also has been very supportive, especially her mom, who declared “who cares about Hollywood” and proposed that they buy a house in Costa Rica and build a smoothie bar on the beach.

“The Late Late Show” host James Corden also praised Munn for her efforts when she was a guest Thursday night on his show.

“I just want to say, I think you did an incredible thing on your film. To go to a studio as an actress and ask them to remove a scene, which was inherently the right thing to do, it says so much about you as a person, as a performer and as an actress. And it’s an incredible, brave statement to make. We really appreciate you doing that,” Corden said, prompting the audience and fellow guests Mel B and Dr. Phil to break out in applause.

Catching up

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Black apologized for casting Striegel in a statement: “I apologize to all of those, past and present, I’ve let down by having Steve around them without giving them a voice in the decision.” Munn told the trade publication last weekend that she appreciated Black’s apology but would have appreciated it more if he had apologized to her.

By the time “The Predator” Los Angeles premiere hit the Egyptian Theater Wednesday, Munn’s castmates were on board, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

She said the online support “has honestly been the thing that has kind of woken people up. … Normally you’re thinking at home, ‘Why isn’t anybody saying this? Doesn’t anybody feel the same way?’ That’s what made me feel not alone anymore.”

She’s also relieved that the cast ultimately rallied around her position. “I’m grateful my co-stars have spoken out,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’ve spoken to a few of them privately, and they do understand the situation and have expressed their regret for how it went down. And I think they understand now. But it’s a tough situation.”

Munn’s “The Predator” co-star Sterling K. Brown was the first to issue a public statement of support for Munn via Instagram once he’d learned of the situation, and he told The Hollywood Reporter at the premiere he was satisfied with the resolution.

“I’m really happy that she said something,” Brown said. “I’m really happy that a guy who tried to hook up with his 14-year-old cousin was not in our film, because a lot of people put a lot of work into it, and I don’t think he should be reaping the benefits of our hard work.”

Brown said he also hopes “The Predator” situation results in greater awareness and scrutiny throughout the industry to avoid similar scenarios.

“It’s a rare situation in which I have to consider my safety on set,” he said. “I’m a fairly strong dude who can take care of himself, and I’ve never felt like, ‘Oh, wow – what must it be like to be threatened?’ I’ve been the subject of hate. I’ve been called a lot of names that I didn’t appreciate and whatnot, but to feel unsafe is something that I really had to put myself in the shoes of my female co-stars and say, ‘No, man.’ I would have been horrified, absolutely horrified.”

Other “The Predator” actors offered a unanimous chorus of support at the premiere, too, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“I think you’d be crazier than a box of squirrels to want a sexual offender in your film. That would be disastrous. I think we all just need to look each other in the eye and say, ‘Yes, of course. Thank God this didn’t happen,'” said the film’s lead, Boyd Holbrook.

Holbrook also said he regrets that there was any question as to whether the other actors were in Munn’s corner when the news broke. “We had her back from the get-go,” Holbrook said. “When you get involved in a media frenzy, things can get a little unclear, and I think that was the only hiccup in any communication.”

Black told The Hollywood Reporter he hoped to heal the rift with Munn, and the director said he felt misled to learn the charges against Striegel were more severe than they had been presented to him. The filmmaker said he wanted to take responsibility for creating a situation that felt unsafe for his cast and crew.

“I’m deeply sorry, I really am, for any pain I’ve caused,” Black said. “I’m the captain of the ship, right? So it doesn’t matter that this guy who I put in the movie is a friend of mine. He was not forthright. He was not honest with me. That doesn’t matter, because I’m not allowed to make a decision based on what I think. I had a guy with a criminal past — that’s sensitive, to say the least, and I put him in the movie, and I didn’t tell the cast and the crew. That’s on me. I take full responsibility. That’s irresponsible, and I shouldn’t have done it.”

Despite poor reviews and the controversy, the film scored No. 1 at the domestic box office over the weekend. According to Time, the reboot hunted down an estimated $24 million in theaters in the U.S. and Canada.

Providing a voice

Munn has won the praise from the most important person at all in this scenario: Striegel’s victim.

According to USA Today, Paige Carnes, now 24, previously identified as “Jane Doe,” said Thursday she was ready to speak out.

“My purpose in making this statement is to reclaim my identity,” she told the Los Angeles Times in a statement. “I was not able to speak for myself when I was 14. The consequences of this abuse are profound and permanent for some. … Your abuse does not define you. With support from others and strength from within, you can overcome the label of victim and reclaim your identity.”

“She spoke up for me,” Carnes said of Munn. “She took a stance for me. In turn she stood for all who have suffered like I have. To be acknowledged by a stranger, on a public platform about this issue is incredibly empowering. The positive feedback from social media towards Olivia Munn is uplifting and feels incredibly supportive for me personally.”

She continued, “Support can come in many forms. Sometimes all it takes is one person speaking up for you, acknowledging your worth as a human being. I am extremely fortunate to have a Father and Mother that love me unconditionally. My Father has supported me in my healing and growth in ways I cannot thank him enough for.”

Munn reposted Carnes’ statement on Twitter, and praised her for her bravery.

“You are a warrior @paigecarnes3 Your bravery has and will continue to inspire so many people. I have endless admiration for your strength. #JaneDoeNoMore,” Munn posted on Twitter.

As previously reported, the University of Oklahoma alumnus has emerged as a staunch supporter of the #MeToo movement in Hollywood. In April, Munn received the inaugural Voice for Justice Award for her leadership and activism against sexual harassment in the workplace at OU’s Women’s and Gender Studies Board of Advocates fourth annual Voices for Change gala.

Last fall, Munn and five other women, including fellow actress Natasha Henstridge, went on record in a Los Angeles Times article with allegations of sexual misconduct against producer and director Brett Ratner (“Rush Hour,” “X-Men: The Last Stand”). Just days before traveling to OU to receive the Voice for Justice Award, Munn celebrated on Twitter the news that Warner Bros. had severed its final ties with Ratner by opting not to renew its $450 million co-financing deal with the disgraced filmmaker.

“When it happened, it was just very surprising when people were believing it and there were repercussions. … You know, I’ve heard people speak out in the past about different things, but for there to be real repercussions for people who are in power — and in big power positions — that was surprising,” Munn told me in a one-on-one interview at the Oklahoma gala.

“It’s like you just wake up one day, and the world is different. I don’t know how else to describe it, you know? … All of a sudden it’s like we woke up and we didn’t have to put up with it anymore. And all of a sudden, ‘you mean what happened to me matters to you? You mean our worth is the same as this man in this power position?’ It’s just an interesting feeling … and so I’m still very hopeful.

“We’ve made a lot of progress, and we’re going to keep going forward. But I think the biggest thing is the public outrage and that people that are bothered by it – and then the bravery of the women. You know, have to name names. It’s not enough to just say, ‘This anonymous person did this to me #MeToo.’ … You have to name the names. It’s extremely hard.”

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