Fox deletes scene from ‘The Predator’ after learning actor is a registered sex offender

TORONTO – Just hours before the premiere of “The Predator” at the Toronto International Film Festival, Twentieth Century Fox said it removed a scene from the film with actor Steven Wilder Striegel after learning he is a registered sex offender.

A spokesperson for Fox on Thursday said Striegel’s single scene in the film was promptly cut after the studio learned of Striegel’s background. Fox said it didn’t know of the actor’s history because of legal limitations on running background checks on actors.

“Our studio was not aware of Mr. Striegel’s background when he was hired,” said the spokesperson. “Several weeks ago, when the studio learned the details, his one scene in the film was removed within 24 hours.”

Shane Black, director of the fourth installment  in the sci-fi action franchise (in theaters Sept. 14), has long been a friend of Striegel’s and has frequently cast him in his films, including 2016’s “The Nice Guys,” where he was credited as Steve Wilder. 

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