Patricia Hearst Shaw Hits Out at Author Exploiting her Story
Patricia Hearst Shaw has no interest in reading Jeffrey Toobin’s upcoming book about her, or seeing the movie version, and she has harsh words about the New Yorker writer for exploiting her tragic story.
Toobin’s book, title unknown, won’t be published by Doubleday until 2016, but it has already been optioned by Fox 2000, with Big Eyes screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski signed for the screenplay.
Patricia Campbell Hearst, now known as Patricia Hearst-Shaw, is an American heiress from the Hearst publishing family, who was kidnapped in 1974 by a student-led group in Berkeley, California, campaigning for the release of black prisoners, and known as the Symbionese Liberation Army. Isolated and threatened with death, Hearst was brainwashed into supporting their cause, making propaganda announcements for them and taking part in illegal activities. Hearst was found 19 months after her kidnapping, by which time she was a fugitive wanted for serious crimes. Her conviction and long prison sentence were widely seen as unjust, but the procedural correctness of her trial was upheld by the courts. She was pardoned by President Bill Clinton.
“I don’t have anything to do with it and neither do any of my friends,” Hearst said.
“I couldn’t care less who plays me.” She said on the news that Jennifer Lawrence might play her in the movie.
Hearst wrote her own book, Patty Hearst: Her Own Story, in 1988, detailing how she was locked in a closet for 57 days, threatened with death and raped before she joined her captors in robbing banks, for which she served 22 months behind bars.