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New Clint Eastwood Film Gives Richard Jewell His Long-Awaited Due


If the plot of Clint Eastwood's upcoming film, Richard Jewell, sounds familiar to you, then you may remember the terrorist attack that rocked the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. But if you're fuzzy on the details — like say whether Jewell was the hero or villain in that story — you'd be forgiven. Thanks to arguably irresponsible reporting during the investigation of the Centennial Olympic Park bombing, Richard found himself falsely implicated and quickly tried in the court of public opinion.

So here's a brief summary of the true story of Richard Jewell.

Richard was a Georgia native and worked as a security guard for AT&T during the time of the Atlanta Olympics. In most Olympics, the host city sets up an Olympic Park where the sporting events take place, along with other entertainment for attendees and athletes.