‘Chappaquiddick’: ‘Powerful People’ Pressured Studio Not to Release Film, CEO Says

No. You mean “powerful people” don’t want to revisit one of the most sordid details of the Kennedy family saga?

(From Variety)

For Byron Allen, Entertainment Studios CEO and co-founder and executive producer of the film, the pushback to tell this story came when he first decided to produce the film. “Unfortunately, there are some very powerful people who tried to put pressure on me not to release this movie,” Allen said. “They went out of their way to try and influence me in a negative way. I made it very clear that I’m not about the right, I’m not about the left. I’m about the truth.”

The movie tells the story of what occurred in 1969 when Senator Ted Kennedy drove his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island in Martha’s Vineyard and the passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, was killed. At the Beverly Hills premiere and screening of the film at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Allen referred to Kopechne as “one of the original #MeToo victims” and said it was her time to receive justice and the truth.

I never understood why some people are such apologists for the Kennedys and for Teddy Kennedy in particular. It always made my stomach turn a little bit.