The director of & # 39; The Predator & # 39; Shane Black, says that the casting of a registered sex offender was "irresponsible" & # 039;

Striegel (right) is a long-time friend of Predator director Shane Black (left). Black said he was tricked by his long-term friend about the details of his conviction

The director of The Predator presented a humble apology for hiring a convicted sex offender to work on the film at its Hollywood premiere on Wednesday.

Shane Black told The Associated Press that his decision to hire Steven Wilder Striegel was "irresponsible" and that it came about because he did not properly investigate the actor, who is also Black's friend.

"I made a judgment mistake that is irresponsible," he told AP. "I'm not just a kid who can say" we're making movies in college, put your friend in the movie. "

Striegel, 48, pleaded guilty in 2010 to attempting to form an online sexual relationship with a 14-year-old relative.

Striegel (right) is a long-time friend of Predator director Shane Black (left). Black said he was tricked by his long-term friend about the details of his conviction

Striegel (right) is a long-time friend of Predator director Shane Black (left). Black said he was tricked by his long-term friend about the details of his conviction

He had sent flirtatious messages and emails to the child, but the details of the case of an affidavit seen by the Times suggest that he also kissed. to the girl of 14 years.

Actress Olivia Munn, who had put an end to the actor's criminal conviction, said she had only discovered her sex offender status after filming a scene with him, and had pressured the studio to erase it.

Striegel, 48, pleaded guilty in 2010 to attempting to form an online sexual relationship with a 14-year-old relative.

After it was eliminated, Munn told the castmates, thinking they would want to receive a notice before Striegel's past became public, but he said it was actually "icy."

"I was punished the next day by people in the studio for telling him, and why do not I just keep it quiet? It's going to be fine, it was eliminated, what's the problem?" She explained during an appearance on The Ellen Show.

& # 39; Nobody spoke to me. No one approached that day, "the actress told Ellen, who plays Casey Bracket in the sequel to Arnold Schwarzenegger's classic 1987 film.

"At first I thought maybe it was just because they did not know what to say, they wanted to say it out of the way, but in private I felt cold."

Black appeared torn as he apologized for his hiring mistake, and, although he did not name Munn, he made a point of acknowledging that the people in his cast had been wounded as a result.

It was not until after Munn filmed the scene with Steven Wilder Striegel that he knew he had served six months in prison for luring a 14-year-old girl into an online sexual relationship.

It was not until after Munn filmed the scene with Steven Wilder Striegel that he knew he had served six months in prison for luring a 14-year-old girl into an online sexual relationship.

It was not until after Munn filmed the scene with Steven Wilder Striegel that he knew he had served six months in prison for luring a 14-year-old girl into an online sexual relationship.

"This is an adult decision with real responsibilities and I did not investigate anyone," he said.

"It does not matter that I was surprised by these emails or that I misrepresented my friends and I … it does not matter.

"I was the captain of that ship, it's my job to make sure those things do not happen, and I failed." And I caused pain to the people in the cast.

That's unacceptable, I assume full responsibility. I'm really sorry. I think a lot about this, I hope to learn from this.

"This movie, which could have been these beautiful people on a beautiful night, with just this, has been eclipsed in some way by a stupid decision I made."

The Predator stars (from left to right) Boyd Holbrook, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey, Trevante Rhodes

The Predator stars (from left to right) Boyd Holbrook, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey, Trevante Rhodes

The Predator stars (from left to right) Boyd Holbrook, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey, Trevante Rhodes

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