Cynthia and Sheila Garrett claim to have been attacked by their half-brother Bernard Garrett, Jr., the son of the drama.
On November 5, Bernard Garrett Jr. is on the scene of an event in the entertainment industry with George Nolfi, who is directing the new original Apple movie The Banker . The movie tells the story of Gareth, Jr. father, a black man who hired a white man to handle his burgeoning financial business about six decades ago in America, preceding civil rights law. Gareth Jr., originally billed as co-producer of The Banker was supposed to be one of his faces, along with stars Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie, during the film's press conference.
However, since the November 5 event, Gareth Jr.'s credit disappeared from promotional material, further appearances were canceled and the premiere of the AFI movie on Thursday was dropped by Apple.
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One of Cynthia Gareth's sisters spoke privately with women's groups about her abuse allegations and indicated a relative in her self-published 2016 book. She also authored a new book outlining her survival, forthcoming from Salem / Regnery Books next year. Apple was informed of Cynthia Gareth's concerns through a lawyer who asked the tech giant to refuse the movie.
Apple declined to comment on the specifics of Cynthia Gareth's claims. In a statement on Wednesday announcing the cancellation of the premiere, the company said: "We purchased The Banker earlier this year because we were excited about the film's fun and educational history on social change and financial literacy. Last week some issues related to the movie were brought to our attention. Along with the filmmakers, it takes us a while to look at these issues and determine the best next steps. "
Apple rides a lot on The Banker which is due to be released theatrically on December 6th and is getting a boost on the awards season. Next month, it will debut in the new Apple TV + service which is launching
Garet Jr. and Nolfi did not respond to requests for comment, sources close to The Banker say that neither Apple nor the filmmakers were aware of the allegations against Gareth Jr. about a week ago; the company bought the movie in July after it was completed. and producer Romulus Entertainment tells Hollywood Reporter that Gareth Jr. retired as a producer recently to avoid drawing attention from his father's story.
At the November 5 event hosted by IndieWire Nolfi recounted how producer Joel Viertel came across an early draft of the script 20 years ago and introduced it in 2009 to both him and McKee, who plays Gareth Senior. The film is said to be based on hours of interviews with the late Gareth Sr., as well as his rights to life and court documents.
Cynthia Gareth, a former MTV and VH1 interviewer who has since founded Cynthia Gareth's ministries and spoke publicly with groups around the world, occasionally tells her years of alleged sexual abuse, says she hopes Hollywood rallies around her a cause in the midst of the #MeToo movement. She also says that changing the timeline in the movie is not a small topic. "This whole project is poisonous. This is the fruit of crime, lies and fraud, ”he wrote in an open letter, saying he intended to publish online. The producers' response counters that the film is based on interviews with Garrett Sr. and other material to which he received legal rights.
The girls claim that the violence began in the early 1970s without their father's knowledge, shortly after Garrett Sr. returned from prison and the family lived in Glendora, California. His son, Eunice Garrett, is invited to live in their home.
Cynthia Gareth says she and her sister Sheila Gareth have kept the secret of their abuse for a decade even while their parents divorced and one day in the early 1980s, her half visit her mother's home when all three are still living there. When her younger sister refused to leave her bedroom to greet him, Cynthia Gareth asked why her accusations had spilled. Realizing the other day that they had both been abused, they trusted their mother, Linda, who supported her daughter's accounting for the day. A few years later, Sheila Gareth says she also told her father about the abuse. “He basically swept him under the rug. And when I got married, I told my dad that I didn't want Bernard Jr. there, so my dad didn't come to my wedding, "Sheila Garrett recalls.
Cynthia Gareth says that the producers of Banker have contacted her numerous times in recent days, inviting her to show the film and discuss her concerns. A lawyer for Romulus says the movie will be modified to describe it as "based on true events."