Sex offender cut off new Predator movie

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A scene has been cut from The Predator after Olivia Munn, one of the news of the film stars, discovered that she had acted in the face of a registered sex offender.

Twentieth Century Fox said it cut the scene featuring Steven Wilder Striegel.

Wilder Striegel has known the director, Shane Black 14, and Black has said he tried “to help a friend”.

But Munn wrote on Twitter: “Those who know about the violence, and not only do nothing, but continue to put the abusers in positions of power are accomplices.”

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Wilder Striegel was arrested in 2009 and was placed on the registry to contact a minor with the intent to commit a specified sex offense.

The Los Angeles Times said he tried to lure a 14-year-old woman in a sexual relationship via the internet.

A Fox statement said: “Our studio was not aware of Mr. Striegel background when he was hired. Several weeks ago, when the studio learned the details, its a scene in the movie has been removed within 24 hours.

“We were not aware of his background during the molding process due to legal limitations that prevent the studios run background checks on the actors.”

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Wilder Striegel was due to play a jogger who repeatedly hits on Munn’s character in the film, according to the los angeles Times.

In a statement to the newspaper, the director said: “I personally chose to help a friend. I can understand that others might disapprove, that his conviction was on a charge sensitive and not to be taken lightly.”

But he said he has long believed Wilder Striegel has been “caught in a bad situation compared to something lewd”.

However, Munn wrote: “Wilder said he was” aware of the facts ” of his arrest. He made a “personal choice” to continually work with a criminal sexual, but I have no choice. This decision was made for me. And this is not OK”.

Striegel told the newspaper: “Shane can speak for himself, but I am quite certain that if he felt I was a danger in any way to have around, it would not have.”

The film is the sixth in the Predator franchise and had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Thursday.

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