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

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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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