"It's unlucky and the final word irony that The Atlanta Journal-Structure, having been part of the frenzy to judgment of Richard Jewell, is now making an attempt to malign our filmmakers and solid", it stated.
Richard Jewell has been earning positive reviews from its time on the festival circuit and now boasts an 83% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes ahead of its debut in theaters nationwide on December 13.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution demanded the addition of a disclaimer in Clint Eastwood's new movie Richard Jewell, Monday, which notes that "artistic license and dramatization" were used when portraying a reporter from the newspaper trading sex for tips.
"Ms. Scruggs was an experienced reporter whose methodology was professional and appropriate, in contrast to how she is portrayed in the film", reads the letter, according to a copy obtained by TIME. Olivia Wilde plays Kathy Scruggs, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution journalist who reported that Jewell was a suspect.
A disclaimer on the finish of the movie says it was "primarily based on precise historic occasions".
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"We also demand that you add a prominent disclaimer to the film in that regard", he adds.
Ron Martz, who shared a byline with Scruggs on the story that broke the news about Jewell being a suspect, says that no one linked with the film ever got in touch with him.
WB did not immediately respond to EW's request for comment. The newspaper and Scruggs were the first to report that the Federal Bureau of Investigation considered Jewell a suspect, it says.
The letter also highlights how the AJC played a role in Jewell's ultimate exoneration, noting that it was AJC reporters who uncovered the fact that Jewell couldn't have made the 911 phone call the bomber made because he was several blocks away from the pay phone when the call was placed. "It is evident that the meeting was a mere pretext", the letter states, adding, "Such conduct evidences purposeful avoidance of the truth, supporting a finding of constitutional malice".
In the letter, first obtained by Deadline, Singer adds: "Since the film will be released internationally, my clients do not need to meet the constitutional criteria of malice for a successful libel claim in several jurisdictions that include, among others, the Kingdom United, France and Australia. [It] will simply need to establish that statements in the film are false and that it is defamatory by harming [its] reputation".