'Spotlight' Studio Acknowledges Dialogue Attributed To BC Spokesman Is Fictional

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The Oscar-winning movie "Spotlight" is based on true events here in Boston. But the studio that distributed the film about uncovering sexual abuse by priests now acknowledges a portion of the film is fiction.

Jack Dunn, the public affairs director for Boston College, is shown in the film leading a meeting at Boston College High School. Since the movie premiered, Dunn has objected to how he's portrayed in that scene, insisting it's the opposite of how he felt about the abuse revelations.

Until now, the studio behind "Spotlight" had insisted Dunn's complaints were without merit.

On Tuesday, Open Road Films released a statement saying the movie contained fictionalized dialogue that was attributed to Dunn for "dramatic effect."

"We acknowledge that Mr. Dunn was not part of the Archdiocesan cover-up," the statement said. "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."

Dunn joined Morning Edition to discuss the statement's release.

This segment aired on March 16, 2016.


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