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Fox Cuts 'Predator' Scene With Registered Sex Offender

The Hollywood Reporter logo The Hollywood Reporter 9/6/2018 Mia Galuppo
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Fox recently cut a scene from Shane Black's upcoming The Predator after the studio found out it featured a registered sex offender.

In 2010, Steven Wilder Striegel pleaded guilty to risk of injury to a child and enticing a minor by computer after he faced allegations that he attempted to lure a 14-year-old into a sexual relationship. Striegel served six months in jail.

A Los Angeles Times report says that the studio was made aware of Steigel's background after star Olivia Munn, who is featured in Striegel's one scene in the reboot, brought it to Fox's attention. Munn says that Black did not share any information about Striegel's background at any point in the production of the sci-fi thriller. © Provided by The Hollywood Reporter

"Our studio was not aware of Mr. Striegel's background when he was hired," said a 20th Century Fox spokesperson in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "Several weeks ago, when the studio learned the details, his one scene in the film was removed within 24 hours. We were not aware of his background during the casting process due to legal limitations that impede studios from running background checks on actors."

Striegel, a friend of Black's, has appeared in the director's other films Iron Man 3 and Nice Guys. He has a small scene in The Predator as a jogger that repeatedly hits on Munn's character. In a statement to the L.A. Times, Black wrote: "I personally chose to help a friend. I can understand others might disapprove, as his conviction was on a sensitive charge and not to be taken lightly."

The Predator also stars Boyd Holbrook, Sterling K. Brown and Jacob Tremblay. The film is set to premiere Thursday night at the Toronto International Film Festival and will hit theaters Sept. 14.

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