Atlanta Newspaper Slams ‘Richard Jewell’ for Suggesting Female Reporter Offered Sex for Info

Atlanta Newspaper Slams ‘Richard Jewell’ for Suggesting Female Reporter Offered Sex for Info
Clint Eastwood’s historical drama “Richard Jewell” made its world premiere this week at AFI Fest and is already generating controversy for its depiction of reporter Kathy Scruggs, played in the film by actress and “Booksmart” director Olivia Wilde. The film, written by Billy Ray, finds Scruggs offering to sleep with an FBI agent (Jon Hamm) in exchange for information about the bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. The FBI agent responds, “Kathy, you couldn’t fuck it out of them. What makes you think you could fuck it out of me?” The line suggests Scruggs had a history of offering sex for scoops.

In real life, and as depicted in Eastwood’s movie, Scruggs was a reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution whose story on the Atlanta bombing named Richard Jewell as a suspect law enforcement was pursuing. The report turned Jewell’s life into a media circus. Jewell is played by “I,
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