A lawyer says Clint Eastwood’s new movie should be suspended so it doesn’t unfairly influence the judge investigating the incident it’s based on, according to the BBC.
“The 15:17 to Paris” tells the story of three Americans, two of them military members on leave, and other bystanders who subdued would-be attacker Ayoub El-Khazzani on a train in France in 2015. Eastwood, famous for “Dirty Harry,” “American Sniper” and “Sully,” had the three Americans, Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, play themselves in the movie. It opens Friday.
A lawyer for Khazzani argues that because the French judge presideing over the case is still reviewing the evidence, the movie could be misleading.
Sarah Mauger-Poliak said the film was a violation of her client’s rights because it presents a “fictionalised” and “one-sided” view to the public as fact.
“I am aware that my client is not an angel but let justice do its work,” she said.
Mauger-Poliak also has considered suing Warner Brothers to keep the film under wraps “during the judge’s instruction period – where he decides if there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial.”
“That Hollywood has delivered its ‘truth’ before the judges is at the very least worrying,” Ms Mauger-Poliak told radio station France Inter.
The BBC’s story did not include any comment from Eastwood.