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Letitia Wright slams article comparing her to Will Smith, Brad Pitt


Letitia Wright wants to leave the past in the past, pushing back against a report that compares her COVID-19 vaccine Twitter post to the recent scandals of some men in Hollywood.

The “Black Panther” star, 29, took to her Instagram Story Monday to call out an article by The Hollywood Reporter as “incredibly disrespectful” for comparing her vaccination controversy to controversies involving Will Smith and Brad Pitt.

“How dare you. You mentioned my name alongside men who have been accused of abuse & sexual misconduct. This is vile behavior,” Wright wrote over a screenshot of the story.

The article questions how scandal could or could not affect actors’ chances of getting an Oscar nomination.

Angelina Jolie accused ex Pitt of assaulting her and two of their children in 2016; Smith slapped Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars earlier this year. Both are mentioned as examples of people whose future with the Academy could be in jeopardy.

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The article, written by Scott Feinberg, also names Roman Polanski, Woody Allen and Casey Affleck as examples of men whose sexual assault or misconduct allegations did not hinder their Oscar nominations, in contrast to actor-director Nate Parker who was also accused of sexual assault and later acquitted at trial. 

USA TODAY has reached out to the article’s author for comment. In a statement provided to USA TODAY Tuesday, THR Editor-In-Chief Nekesa Mumbi Moody said “the intent was not to equate Letitia Wright’s situation with others mentioned in the article.”  

Brad Pitt accused of assaulting Angelina Jolie, children during 2016 flight

Pitt was accused by Jolie of assaulting her and their children during a 2016 flight in a lawsuit filed Oct. 4 by the actress’s lawyers in the former couple’s legal battle over their French winery. Jolie alleged in the suit that Pitt choked one of their children and hit another during the private jet flight, which occurred five days before Jolie filed for divorce.

The allegations of abuse on the plane first became public shortly after the flight, but reports were initially vague and details were kept sealed in divorce documents and reports by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, both of which found no action against Pitt necessary. Pitt has never been charged in relation to the alleged incident.

In the filing, Jolie’s lawyers allege Pitt “grabbed Jolie by the head and shook her, and then grabbed her shoulders and shook her again before pushing her into the bathroom wall.” Pitt’s lawyer said Oct. 6 that he…

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