Twentieth Century Fox has swiftly deleted a scene from the new Predator film after they were made aware that an actor is a registered sex offender.
The actor, Steven Wilder Striegel, is playing the role sees his character flirt with Olivia Munn. It was Munn that took the decision to alert the studio of Striegel’s criminal history. Back in 2010, Striegel pleaded guilty of trying to lure a 14-year-old girl into sex having met her over the internet.
The actor served six months in jail and was forced to sign the sex offenders register.
Shane Black, director of the new Predator film, has apologised for casting his Striegel who considered a “friend” and explained that he had been “misled” about the nature of Striegel’s conviction. “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,“ he said.
”I believe strongly in giving people second chances – but sometimes you discover that chance is not as warranted as you may have hoped.”
Shane Black has previously cast Striegel in roles for his previous films such as Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys.
“After learning more about the affidavit, transcripts and additional details surrounding Steve Striegel’s sentence, I am deeply disappointed in myself. I apologise to all of those, past and present, I’ve let down by having Steve around them without giving them a voice in the decision.
When asked directly if they knew of Striegel’s criminal past, Fox issued a straight refusal: “Several weeks ago, when the studio learned the details, his one scene in the film was removed within 24 hours,” a statement said in Variety. “We were not aware of his background during the casting process due to legal limitations that impede studios from running background checks on actors.”