The 1984 Olympic wrestling champion Mark Schultz‘s social media accounts called “Foxcatcher” director Bennett Miller “a liar,” criticizing the film based on the story of his relationship with John du Pont, who murdered his older brother.
Schultz previously lauded the film and joined Miller and cast members at the Cannes Film Festival in May, when it received Oscar buzz. Oscar nominations aren’t out yet, but the film has been nominated for Golden Globe awards, including Best Drama.
However, Schultz also said there were parts of the film he didn’t like in interviews before it was released in November.
Criticisms were detailed on Schultz’s Facebook account and on his Twitter the last three days, though many of the tweets were deleted.
“Leaving the audience with a feeling that somehow there could have been a sexual relationship between duPont [sic] and I is a sickening and insulting lie,” was posted on Schultz’s Facebook page. “I told Bennett Miller to cut that scene out and he said it was to give the audience the feeling that duPont was encroaching on your privacy and personal space. I wasn’t explicit so I didn’t have a problem with it. Then after reading 3 or 4 reviews interpreting it sexually, and jeopardizing my legacy, they need to have a press conference to clear the air, or I will.”
Schultz did not respond to a text message, and a call to his phone number did not go through. He was out of the country Wednesday and Thursday, according to reports.