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One week after the Los Angeles Times reported that 20th Century Fox had deleted a scene featuring Steven Wilder Striegel from “The Predator” after learning that he is a registered sex offender, the 14-year-old girl involved in the case is speaking out.
Paige Carnes, now 24, contacted The Times on Wednesday, identifying herself as the girl referred to in court documents relating to Striegel’s case. (She provided legal documents proving her identity.) In 2010, Striegel pleaded guilty to two felonies — risk of injury to a child and enticing a minor by computer — for which he served six months in jail.
“I was not able to speak for myself when I was 14,” she wrote. “I have no shame for what was done to me,” she continued. “I am not the one who needs to carry that shame.”
In her statement, Carnes expressed gratitude to Munn for taking a stance on her behalf. “To be acknowledged by a stranger, on a public platform about this issue is incredibly empowering,” she wrote.
Carnes’ full statement:
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