Olivia Wilde responds to outrage over new Clint Eastwood movie

“Richard Jewell,” about the man in the middle of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing, has provoked questions about how actress Olivia Wilde’s real-life character is portrayed.
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Transcript for Olivia Wilde responds to outrage over new Clint Eastwood movie
Now to the firestorm over the new Clint Eastwood movie, "Richard Jewell." About the man in the middle of the 1996 Atlanta olympics bombing. There are serious questions about how Olivia wilde's real-life character is portrayed. Now the actress is responding to the outrage. Linsey Davis is here with that this morning. Good morning to you all. Lots of backlash and controversy surrounding this upcoming film, "Richard Jewell," well in advance of its release today, so much so that Olivia wilde is now coming forward defending the movie's depiction of the now deceased journalist at the heart of the story. We don't lead on the story, what are we doing here? Okay, we're running it. Reporter: Actress Olivia wilde is speaking out defending her portrayal of real-life journalist Kathy Scruggs in the new Clint Eastwood film "Richard Jewell." Jewell fits the profile of the lone bomber. The frustrated white man who is a police wanna-be who seeks become a hero. Reporter: It suggests Scruggs who reported on the 1996 olympic park bombing slept with an FBI agent to get a tip that Jewell was a suspect something that family and co-workers say never happened. The FBI is looking at Richard Jewell as the bomber. Reporter: On Thursday Olivia wilde tweeted contrary to a swath of recent headlines I do not believe Kathy traded sex for tips. Nothing in my research suggested that she did so and it was never my intention to suggest she had. Adding, I cannot speak for the creative digs made by the filmmakers as I did not have a say in how the film was ultimately crafted. I just wanted the real victims to get some sort of relief that truth is put out there. There's a bomb. Reporter: The current editor for "The Atlanta journal-constitution" where Scruggs worked called the journalist an aggressive reporter adding, it's ironic that a film purporting to hole the media to account disregards such crucial facts. Scruggs reportedly struggled with substance and passed away in 2001. Eastwood defending the film. I read all the material I could find on her and they all seem to corroborate the fact that she was somewhat on the wild side. Reporter: Overnight Scruggs' brother said his sister was not a saint but says she would never do anything to compromise the ethics and standards of the profession she loved. Olivia wilde also has a tweet where she calls the story a fictional dramatization and says as I understand it, the two were in a pre-existing relationship, not a transactional exchange of sex for information. People can see what all the drama is about for themselves. Thank you. Thank you, linsey.

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