'Richard Jewell' Film Ignites Fury After Suggesting Female Reporter Had Sex for Information

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New controversy has arisen over "Richard Jewell," the movie about the real-life security guard falsely suspected of planting a bomb at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

In the film, Olivia Wilde portrays Kathy Scruggs, who was a journalist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who reported that Jewell was under investigation. The movie suggests that Scruggs had sex with an FBI agent in exchange for information. 

But there is no evidence that Scruggs, who died in 2001 at the age of 42, slept with anyone to get the story, Poynter reported.

“I did a ton of research, I really embraced her dynamic, multidimensional nuanced personality,” Wilde told Variety. “She was incredibly dogged and intrepid. She was famous to getting to crime scenes before the police. She was also a woman working in the news in 1996... She’s no longer with us, so I feel a certain amount of responsibility to protect her legacy and tell people: ‘Back off. Don’t reduce her to this one thing.'”