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Apple Canceled ‘The Banker’ Premiere After Subject’s Son

Apple has not publicly disclosed why it canceled the deliberate premiere of its movie “The Banker,” nevertheless it did so lower than per week after producer Bernard Garrett, who can also be the son of the movie’s topic (portrayed by Anthony Mackie), was publicly accused of sexual assault by considered one of his half-sisters.

And on Wednesday evening, the Hollywood Reporter reported that Garrett had been accused of sexual assault by each of his half-sisters.

“The Banker” was initially scheduled to premiere because the closing movie of the 2019 AFI Festival in Los Angeles, however the screening was abruptly canceled Wednesday afternoon. Apple didn’t disclose the explanation for doing so, saying in an announcement solely that “Last week some concerns surrounding the film were brought to our attention. We, along with the filmmakers, need some time to look into these matters and determine the best next steps. In light of this, we are no longer premiering ‘The Banker’ at AFI Fest.”

But the transfer got here simply 5 days after Garrett Jr.’s half-sister, Cynthia Garrett, tweeted that the movie “LIES TO HIDE THE PRODUCER WHO SEXUALLY MOLESTED MY SISTER AND I FOR YEARS THEN STOLE MY MOMS LIFE STORY WITH OUR DAD.” And in line with THR, Cynthia and her sister, Sheila Garrett, informed Apple roughly per week in the past that Garrett Jr. molested them over a interval of a number of years within the early 1970s, after they had been little women.

The sisters spoke to THR, and stated that the movie misrepresented the timeline of real-life occasions in order that they and their mom had been overlooked of the story totally. “This entire project is poisoned. It’s the fruit of crime, lies and deception,” Cynthia Garret informed THR.

Apple didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from TheWrap. Cynthia Garrett additionally didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Romulus Entertainment, which co-produced the movie, additionally didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Attempts to contact Bernard Garrett Jr. had been unsuccessful.

The drama starring Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson is predicated on the true story of two actual property buyers and businessmen, Bernard Garrett (Mackie) and Joe Morris (Jackson), who managed to purchase banks and houses in all-white neighborhoods and mortgage it again to black individuals trying to discover their very own American dream in a nonetheless segregated world that made that dream troublesome. Nicholas Hoult co-stars within the movie because the white man the duo employed to be their stand-in for enterprise offers with white bankers.

George Nolfi directs the drama written by Niceole Levy, Nolfi, David Lewis Smith and Stan Younger from a narrative by David Lewis Smith, Stan Younger and Brad Caleb Kane.

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