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Patricia Hearst Blasts TV Bios, Fox Drops Theirs

Patricia Hearst Blasts TV Bios, Fox Drops Theirs

Actor Patty Hearst attends the 25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on Feb. 26, 2017, in West Hollywood, California. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for EJAF)

By    |   Friday, 12 January 2018 03:15 PM

Patricia Hearst has blasted television biographies about her, leading Fox to drop their plans for a movie biopic, Variety reported.

Hearst condemned the projects and Jeffery Toobin, who wrote the unauthorized biography "American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes, and Trial of Patty Hearst" in a lengthy statement published by Deadline Hollywood.com on Thursday.

"Over the years I have been approached many times to discuss my ordeal, and I have answered many questions," Hearst wrote. " I have spoken the truth about my experience and even wrote a 499-page book where I lay it all out, as painful as it was to relive. Each time I do, it puts me back in the nightmare which, as you might imagine, is deeply painful.

"This is why for the last several years, I have declined to answer any more questions. It's very hard on me, and not something I want my daughters to be reminded of," she continued.

She said Toobin contacted her in an "incredibly arrogant and egotistical fashion," that was "offensive to me" and declined his request for a book, but he moved forward with the project anyway.

Hearst said the book "which cites one of my kidnappers as its main source, romanticizes my rape and torture and calls my abduction a 'rollicking adventure.' This project is attempting to rewrite history and directly flies in the face of the present #MeToo movement where so much progress is being made in regard to listening, and providing a voice, to those who have suffered abuse."

"I am further saddened and appalled that Fox 2000 agreed to finance and produce a movie based on Toobin's book (with a similarly themed screenplay, also written by men) and that CNN has agreed to continue to perpetuate a one-sided dialogue romanticizing my torture and rape by hosting a podcast and docuseries through Toobin's distorted lens," she continued.

Variety wrote that Fox decided to drop the Hearst biopic after her statement.

"Twentieth Century Fox Film and its production partners have decided to cancel the studio's planned project based on the book 'American Heiress,'" a representative for the studio said, per Variety.

The celebrity publication stated that CNN, though, is moving ahead with its six-part original series, "The Radical Story of Patty Hearst," scheduled to air Feb. 11.

Hearst, the granddaughter of the late newspaper mogul and Hearst media empire founder William Randolph Hearst, became part of a media frenzy when she was kidnapped in 1974 by the Symbionese Liberation Army and re-emerged as a bank robber and member of the left-wing terrorist group, Variety wrote.

She was captured after 18 months on the run and served 22 months in prison after claiming she was brainwashed, Variety noted. She was widely seen as a victim of Stockholm syndrome. Time magazine added.

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