Fox has cancelled its Patty Hearst biopic after the US heiress blasted the film claiming it romanticized her torture and rape at the hands of the Symbionese Liberation Army
Fox has cancelled its Patty Hearst biopic after the heiress blasted the film, saying it romanticized her torture and rape at the hands of the Symbionese Liberation Army.
20th Century Fox pulled the plug on the project this Thursday after Hearst criticized the film in a scathing public message.
Hearst was aged 19 when she was kidnapped by the left-wing guerrilla group in 1974 but denounced her former life and carried out an armed robbery on a bank in San Francisco with them.
Fox based its film on the unauthorized biography American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffery Toobin.
But Hearst, granddaughter of American publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, took issue with the book’s portrayal of her kidnapping.
‘Jeffery Toobin’s unauthorized book, ‘American Heiress,’ which cites one of my kidnappers as its main source, romanticizes my rape and torture and calls my abduction a “rollicking adventure”,’ she said in a statement released by her daughter Lydia Hearst’s spokesperson.
Hearst especially took issue with Toobin allegedly referring to his book as ‘the last word on the subject,’ she told TMZ.
She added ‘It was offensive to me that a man would have the audacity to tell a woman that he would have the last word on her trauma.’
Toobin’s book calls her abduction a ‘rollicking adventure’ and cites one of its main sources as Patty’s captors.
Although Fox has cancelled the movie project, a new documentary on CNN is still set to air this February. Pictured: Hearst during here captivity, left, and after she was sentenced for a bank robbery conviction
Hearst, on the right of the picture, was filmed on CCTV carrying out a bank robbery with the left-wing group
Although Fox has cancelled the movie project, a new documentary on CNN is still set to air this February.
The six-part CNN original series, ‘The Radical Story of Patty Hearst,’ includes interviews with Bill Harris, who was part of the SLA, and Steven Weed, who witnessed her violent abduction.
CNN also plans a weekly podcast entitled ‘Patty Has a Gun: The Life and Crimes of Patricia Hearst,’ which will be cohosted by Toobin and CNN’s Brian Stelter.
Hearst was apolitical when she was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
A group of heavily armed men and women grabbed Hurst and bundled her into the boot of a car by members of the Symbionese Liberation Army.
The gang was lead by Donald DeFreeze and wanted to overthrow capitalism.
Following her abduction, the SLA released several communiques demanding millions of dollars worth of food donations in return for her safe release.
The terrorists used the time to brainwash and locked her in a cupboard.
In April 1974, the SLA released a message from Hearst claiming she had joined the revolution and was seeking to overthrow capitalism. Less than two weeks later she was seen on surveillance footage in a bank brandishing a semi-automatic assault rifle,
On May 16, two members of the SLA tried to steal an ammunition belt from a Los Angeles shop and were forced to abandon their getaway van.
The FBI were able to link the van to an SLA safehouse and raided the property the following morning.
Six members of the SLA, including DeFreeze were killed during the shoot out. The house caught fire.
Hearst escaped from the scene but was eventually captured in San Francisco on September 18, 1975.
Her defense team tried to convince the jury that she had been brainwashed and abused by the terrorist organisation.
She was jailed for seven years after her conviction, but was released within two years and eventually pardoned by Bill Clinton.