HBO’s Confirmation Distresses Two Former U.S. Senators, Who are Mulling Legal Action

Norman Weiss
TV Tattle

HBO’s Confirmation distresses two former U.S. senators, who are mulling legal action

Two former U.S. senators and a former lawyer in the first Bush White House have suggested legal action over the Clarence Thomas hearings TV movie, which they claim offers a biased portrayal based on an early script that they’ve read. Former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson, who actually helped scriptwriter Susannah Grant, said the script he saw was a "seriously distorted" version of the actual confirmation hearings. "I do know she chopped up pretty much everyone. I don’t know anyone who came out very good,” says Simpson. Asked to respond, HBO Films president Len Amato says: "Basically, people are talking about something they haven’t seen and when you see the film, you’ll see it’s quite evenhanded. And that’s because we don’t want to push an agenda.”


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