The Oscar-winning producer from Bigfork, Montana says he never feared his government until now. This, as the Schindler’s List producers‘ latest conservative documentary is set to air this summer.
Here’s the story from Newsmax.com which is drawing national attention via The Drudge Report:
Gerald Molen, the producer of Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary film “2016: Obama’s America,” says he never feared his government before he learned that D’Souza is under federal investigation for election fraud.
Molen, who also produced the Academy-award winning “Schindler’s List,” said he has not spoken to D’Souza since he learned of the indictment, and wouldn’t make comments about the specific case until he’s learned all the facts.
Asked by Malzberg if he ever felt threatened or had any feelings they should not have been making the film, Molen answered, “No. This is America. I’ve never had that feeling,” adding, “I’ve never had the occasion to think that I had to fear my government. I never had the thought that I had reason to think I had to look over my shoulder until now.”
The Hollywood Reporter first had the story:‘2016: Obama’s America’ Filmmaker Indicted for Violating Campaign Finance Laws
Federal authorities accuse D’Souza of donating more than is legal to the campaign of Wendy Long, who ran in 2012 for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton but lost to now-Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Long, though, is not mentioned in an indictment obtained by THR on Thursday.
Benjamin Brafman, an attorney for D’Souza, tells THR that his client “did not act with any corrupt or criminal intent whatsoever … at worst this was an act of misguided friendship by D’Souza.”
Molen added: “When American citizens begin to suspect that people are being arrested for alleged minor violations because of their vocal dissent against their elected representatives or rulers, it breeds disrespect and contempt for the law and suspicion of those officials. … If this unfortunate action against Dinesh is intended to deter the release of his upcoming film, America, that effort will fail.”
The indictment comes as D’Souza and Molen set to release their next documentary on the 4th of July, as The Hollywood Reporter notes:
In America, D’Souza — who wrote and produced the film — makes the claim that 1960s radical leftism is more or less indistinguishable from current mainstream liberalism, a doctrine that he says preaches the United States is the product of “stealing and plunder” from Native Americans, Mexicans and African-American slaves.
“I want to take this progressive, leftist critique head on,” D’Souza says in the trailer. The movie will include re-creations of some of the major events in American history.
Meanwhile, could this be more fuel for the political targeting fire? TheBlaze.com notes at least 9 violent criminals who paid less for bail that Dinesh D’Souza:
The filmmaker behind the anti-Obama documentary “2016: Obama’s America” was released on $500,000 bond, which some — even in the legal community — argue was excessive.
A former convict accused of robbing 4 people and raping one of them
A man accused of trying to kill a police officer
A man accused of holding elderly men in a “dungeon”
A man accused of attempted murder
A 42-year-old man charged with sexually assaulting a teen
A man accused of raping his adult sister
A man who robbed a woman and then raped her twice behind a container
A man accused of felony child abuse on his own newborn child
A man charged with multiple counts of rape