Sterling K. Brown, Olivia Munn's co-star in "The Predator," has come to her support via social media amid the sexual predator casting scandal that's been plaguing the film's press tour.
The actress has been promoting the film out at the Toronto Film Festival with Jacob Tremblay only, after her co-stars pulled out of interviews when she spoke out against the casting of a convicted sexual predator without full disclosure to the cast or studio.
Munn performed a scene with director Shane Black's friend, Steven Wilder Striegel, who was convicted of attempting to lure a 14-year-old girl into a sexual relationship online. She was the only member of the cast to share a scene with him.
"It's a very lonely feeling to be sitting here by myself when I should be with the rest of the cast," Munn told The Hollywood Reporter on Saturday. At her request, the scene has been removed from the film's final cut.
"I haven't heard from Shane," she added. "I did see his apology that he put out. I appreciate the apology. I would have appreciated it more if it was directed toward me privately before it went public and I had to see it online with everyone else. It's honestly disheartening to have to fight for something so hard that is just so obvious to me."
Brown took to Twitter shortly after the interview was published to speak both to the public and to Munn in a lengthy thread, as he is not in attendance at TIFF. "I'm sorry you're feeling so isolated, my dear. And I'm sorry you've been the only one to speak up publicly," he said. "We all have the right to know who we're working with! And when someone has been convicted of a crime of a sexual nature involving a child, we have the right to say that's not okay!"
The "This Is Us" star closed by affirming that he believes Munn did the right thing by speaking up and hoped that she doesn't feel quite so alone. Check out Brown's full Twitter thread below:
That's gonna vary from individual to individual. You and @BonafideBlack may differ when it comes to that issue. I don't have all the details regarding his friend's crime, but I know it involves a minor, and he spent time in jail. With regards to forgiveness, I leave that to...
Our studio was not given that opportunity, and neither was our cast. Especially @oliviamunn who was the only member of the principal cast who had to work with him. I so appreciate that you “didn't leave well enough alone,” & again, I'm sorry you feel isolated in taking action.
"Having read this morning's news reports, it has sadly become clear to me that I was misled by a friend I really wanted to believe was telling me the truth when he described the circumstances of his conviction," Black said previously in a statement. "I believe strongly in giving people second chances — but sometimes you discover that chance is not as warranted as you may have hoped."
"After learning more about the affidavit, transcripts and additional details surrounding Steve Striegel's sentence, I am deeply disappointed in myself," he added. "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."