After University spokesman Jack Dunn retained legal counsel for his portrayal in the film Spotlight, the producers of the movie have issued a statement admitting that several of his quotes were fabricated for dramatic purposes.
Initially, the Boston Globe reporters who spoke with Dunn while writing their story contended that it was an accurate portrayal of his comments.
Dunn considered a lawsuit for defamation after he was depicted as being dismissive of the sufferings of victims of clergy abuse. In the film, Dunn was also shown as being knowledgeable of the church’s efforts to cover up the assaults.
Dunn said that he was not consulted in the writing or verification of the scene.
The production team released a statement on Mar. 15 stating: “As is the case with most movies based on historical events, Spotlight contains fictionalized dialogue that was attributed to Mr. Dunn for dramatic effect. We acknowledge that Mr. Dunn was not part of the Archdiocesan cover-up. It is clear from his efforts on behalf of the victims at BC High that he and the filmmakers share a deep, mutual concern for victims of abuse.”
Open Roads Studios promised to donate to local charities in Dunn’s name as a part of the settlement. These charities include a group called Resilient Kids, which was created after one of Dunn’s BC High classmates was victimized by Rev. James Talbot, S.J.
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