Sterling K. Brown, Keegan-Michael Key respond to 'Predator' backlash after Olivia Munn says co-stars didn't back her up

Olivia Munn’s co-stars in The Predator are finally addressing her concerns that she’s been ostracized over her insistence that one of the film’s scenes be removed. Director Shane Black cast friend Steven Wilder Striegel for a role in the upcoming sci-fi action film, without notifying the cast that he is a registered seχ offender who has been accused of seχually propositioning a teenager by email. The scene featuring Striegel has since been cut.

Munn, an advocate for #TimesUp and #MeToo movements, has been vocal about her disgust with the situation. She has also called out her male co-stars for giving Black a standing ovation at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and not backing her up.

“I kind of feel like I’m the one going to jail,” Munn told Vanity Fair. “I didn’t go to jail, I didn’t put this guy on our set. I had this scene deleted. Thank God, honestly, that there is social media. It’s the fans and news outlets that’s confirming it to me that what I did was the right thing. If I didn’t have that feedback, I’d kind of go a little crazy thinking, Why am I being treated like this? That’s not OK, to feel like the bad guy.”

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 14: Olivia Munn attends the #girlhero Award Luncheon at SLS Hotel on October 14, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - OCTOBER 13: Actress Olivia Munn arrives at FCancer's 1st Annual Barbara Berlanti Heroes Gala at Warner Bros. Studios on October 13, 2018 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 01: Olivia Munn is seen on October 01, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 13: The Late Late Show with James Corden airing Thursday, September 13, 2018, with guests Mel B, Olivia Munn, Dr. Phil, and musical guest Good Charlotte. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Actress Olivia Munn attends the screening of 20th Century Fox's 'The Predator' at the Egyptian Theatre on September 12, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 08: Olivia Munn attends the Creative Coalition 2018 Spotlight Initiative Gala Awards Dinner at House of Aurora on September 8, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 06: Olivia Munn arrives to the premiere of 'The Predator' during the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival held on September 6, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 08: Jacob Tremblay (L) and Olivia Munn of 'Predator' attend The IMDb Studio presented By Land Rover At The 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Bisha Hotel & Residences on September 8, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)
MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 04: Actress Olivia Munn attends the 'Predator' photocall at Villamagna Hotel on September 4, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Pablo Cuadra/WireImage)
MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 04: Actress Olivia Munn attends the 'Predator' photocall at Villamagna Hotel on September 4, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Pablo Cuadra/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Olivia Munn attends Jennifer Lopez's MTV VMA's Vanguard Award Celebration at Beauty & Essex on August 21, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for TAO Group)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Olivia Munn attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 19: Olivia Munn poses during the 20th Century Fox's 'The Predator' panel during Comic-Con International 2018 at San Diego Convention Center on July 19, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 12: Olivia Munn attends day ten of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage )
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 18: Olivia Munn is seen at LAX on June 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG023/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 16: TV personality Kim Kardashian (L) and actor Olivia Munn pose for a selfie photo during the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Chris Polk/VMN18/Getty Images for MTV)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 16: Olivia Munn attends the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Actress Olivia Munn visits the SiriusXM Studios on May 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 21: Olivia Munn is seen in Tribeca on May 21, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by TheStewartofNY/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Olivia Munn is seen leaving the 2018 Met Gala at The Mark Hotel on May 07, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by MediaPunch/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Olivia Munn attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 16: Olivia Munn attends Eva Longoria's Hollywood Star Ceremony Post-Luncheon on April 16, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
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According to Munn, co-stars including Boyd Holbrook, Thomas Jane, Trevante Rhodes, and Keegan- Michael Key declined to give public statements addressing the Striegel casting. She also said that one co-star left an interview when the topic came up. The actress has since been promoting the film — which she tweeted she is “contractually obligated” to do — with its youngest cast member, 11-year-old Jacob Tremblay.

Munn’s comments about feeling unsupported by her co-stars — and the resulting backlash — has prompted at least two colleagues to speak up. On Sunday Sterling K. Brown, who appears in the film but was not present at TIFF, tweeted his regret that she feels “so isolated” and acknowledged that the cast should have been told about Striegel’s past.

The This Is Us star added that he was happy that Munn “didn’t leave well enough alone” in a Twitter thread, which she later “liked.”

Key has also responded to the controversy, with his rep issuing this statement to the Hollywood Reporteron Sunday:

“His last interview was scheduled after lunch, which he completed,” the rep explained regarding the Key & Peele alum’s absence from doing press with Munn. “He was always departing TIFF early so he could be home to spend the Jewish holiday with his wife. Furthermore, Keegan reached out to Olivia privately last week to let her know how proud he was of her and echoed that sentiment in many interviews since then.”

The movie’s other stars continue to be called out on social media, with many finding Rhodes’s comment that he “wasn’t disappointed in Shane [Black}, I was disappointed in the situation, and I’m happy that Liv spoke up” to be underwhelming.

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