- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Daily Beast tech reporter Will Sommer penned an article Thursday claiming he was assaulted by a crew member for Nick Loeb’s upcoming “Roe v. Wade” movie, which features prominent conservative actors Jon Voight, Stacey Dash and Robert Davi.

Mr. Loeb responded saying it was actually Mr. Sommer who attacked a 20-year-old intern.

Mr. Sommer said he was taking notes on the production as it was being filmed early Thursday morning at the Lincoln Memorial in D.C. He wrote that actors Corbin Bernsen and Wade Williams, who play two Supreme Court justices in the movie about the landmark 1973 court decision, were in the middle of filming a scene when a crew member approached Mr. Sommer and “grabbed my notepad out of my hand by force.”

“The man hid my notepad in his pocket and began quickly walking away down the steps of the monument. The crew member refused to give the notebook back as he walked away, and insisted that I stop following him,” Mr. Sommer wrote. “As he walked down the monument’s steps, the crew member ripped my notes out of the notepad, handed the notepad back, and crumpled up the notes.”

Mr. Sommer said he called police, who searched the man and recovered the reporter’s notes. He described the incident as an assault in his article, though police declined to charge the man, he wrote.

He said Mr. Bernsen later claimed that the notes were taken because “the movie’s been under great attack.”

“Sometimes we grab, sometimes we talk to you,” Mr. Bernsen said, according to Mr. Sommer.

Mr. Loeb took to Twitter shortly after The Daily Beast article was published and said it was actually Mr. Sommer who “barge[d] on set” and assaulted a film intern. The film’s official Twitter account said Mr. Sommer was copying down the dialogue of the movie and violating copyright laws.

The film, which was mostly shot in New Orleans, is set to wrap on July 15, with a release scheduled for early 2019, The Daily Beast reported. Mr. Loeb has reportedly reached out to potential financiers as recently as Tuesday for another $1 million to finish the film.


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