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Mar. 2016

David Rich obtains settlement from movie studio declaring 'Spotlight' dialogue fiction

David H. Rich obtained a settlement incorporating a statement by the Hollywood movie studio distributor of the Oscar-winning film "Spotlight" that dialogue attributed to Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn was fictional.

The film depicts an interaction involving Dunn and Boston Globe reporters about allegations of abuse at Boston College High School. Dunn is a trustee at BC High and public affairs director at Boston College.

"As is the case with most movies based on historical events," said Open Road Films in its statement, "'Spotlight' contains fictionalized dialogue that was attributed to Mr. Dunn for dramatic effect. We acknowledge that Mr. Dunn was not part of the Archdiocesan coverup. 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."

Mr. Rich told The Boston Globe that Mr. Dunn is satisfied with the "clear and simple statement" from the film studio. "This has only been about making sure the truth was known, and this statement goes a far way to setting the facts straight."

In an article in the Boston Herald, Mr. Rich indicated that all his client "wanted was for there to be some recognition on the part of the movie company that the dialogue attributed to him in the film was fictionalized, and he was not in any way shape or form part of any cover up by the Archdiocese."

The statement issued by the studio is part of a broader settlement that includes Open Road Films donating money to Resilient Kids, a Providence non-profit that helps children, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay.

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