New Clint Eastwood film accused of ‘maliciously’ portraying journalist

An upcoming film based on a real-life bomb attack has been accused of portraying a journalist in a “false and malicious” manner.

Richard Jewell, a movie directed by Clint Eastwood, focuses on the 1996 bombing at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jewell, a security guard, discovered the device before it detonated and helped evacuate people from the park.

Richard Jewell (C) his mother Barbara (L) and attorneys Watson Bryant (R) and Wayne Grant (far R) look on during a press conference 28 October in Atlanta, Ga. Jewell was cleared as a suspect in the July 27 bombing of Centennial Olympic Park
Image:Jewell and his mother Barbara pictured during a news conference after the attack in 1996

In the movie, Paul Walter Hauser plays Jewell, who was initially investigated as a suspect by the FBI.

The film’s synopsis says that, despite never being charged, Jewell was “vilified by press and public alike” after initially being hailed a hero. Later, he was completely exonerated.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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