Tuesday, April 23, 2024

“Sound of Freedom” Made $200 Million, But Ant-Trafficker It Was Based on Has Been Accused of Sexual Harassment, Ousted from Organizaton


Not a shock: VICE Media has revealed that the man upon whose adventures “Sound of Freedom” was based on has been accused of sexual harassment and ousted from the anti-trafficking organization he started.

In the movie, which made $200 million this summer thanks to church groups buy blocks of tickets and giving them away for free, Jim Caviezel played Tim Ballard. Ballard’s anti-trafficking group is called OUR aka Operation Underground Railroad. Many people don’t know he was ousted from the group earlier this year following an investigation into claims of sexual misconduct involving seven women.

So much for an Oscar campaign.

Everything about “Sound of Freedom” has been questionable starting with the way it was marketed and sold. That the central hero in the film turns out to be not what he seemed is no shock.

Read the VICE story here. And below is a video expose from investigative journalist Lynn K. Packer.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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