Olivia Munn said she was chastised by Fox for notifying her "Predator" costars that they had been working with a registered sex offender.
Appearing on Ellen DeGeneres' daytime talk show, the actress recalled how after she had reported to the studio that they had hired a convicted child sex offender -- director Shane Black's friend Steven Wilder Striegel -- she made sure to let her fellow actors who worked on the film know about the situation.
"I wanted to give my costars the heads up so that they wouldn't be blindsided like I was," Munn explained. "I got chastised the next day by people in the studio for telling them and why am I not just 'keeping it quiet -- it got deleted [the scene]. What's the big deal?' And I said, 'well, I mean, it happened.'"
The actress described how she was tipped off by an acquaintance, who told her about Striegel's criminal history. After learning she had filmed a scene with a man who had committed sex crimes, she immediately notified Fox demanding that his one scene in the movie be cut from the film.
Munn went on to describe how she felt "iced out" by her costars amid the media frenzy over revelations Striegel had been convicted of luring a 14-year-old girl into a sexual relationship online.
"When I spoke out and gave a statement to the LA Times," "The Newsroom" actress said. "They asked the rest of my cast. I was the only one that did give a statement. I had no idea how bad the details of that case were. What happened to that girl until it came out in the LA Times on Thursday. The reality is the people who collude to keep people like this in positions of power that's the real problem. My cast members -- nobody said anything to me about it. Nobody talked to me. Nobody reached out – that whole day."
"And then at first I thought maybe it's just they don't know what to say, they want to stay out of the way," she recalled of the days following her public statements. "But privately I felt iced out and I think that's what's really important for people to understand is that 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. Especially when it's – I think people expected me to be quiet because it's my movie. The truth is I don't care. I don't care if this movie gave me all the money in the world and all the power. If it costs one person's life, they can take it. I don't want this career."
However, Munn acknowledged one costar eventually did reach out publicly to support her.
"Sterling did eventually tweet out support and was very forthcoming about how he felt," she said regarding the actor's tweet on Sunday. "So that's important."
"Good," Ellen said, "I like Sterling."
TooFab has contacted Twentieth Century Fox for comment.
On Sunday, Sterling K. Brown wrote to Munn online: "I'm sorry you're feeling so isolated, my dear. And I'm sorry you've been the only one to speak up publicly. 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.
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.
"Predator" director Shane Black also released a statement: "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. 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."
On Monday Boyd Holbrook, who also stars in the film, finally released a statement apologizing for his delayed response.
Fox told the LA Times last week regarding the situation: "Our studio was not aware of Mr. Striegel's background when he was hired. We were not aware of his background during the casting process due to legal limitations that impede studios from running background checks on actors."