Shia—who was replaced by Harry in the movie—shared an email he said he sent to Olivia to Variety that showed his side of the story.
“I am greatly honored by your words on my work; thank you, that felt good to read,” Shia wrote in the message, per Variety. “I am a little confused about the narrative that I was fired, however. You and I both know the reasons for my exit. I quit your film because your actors & I couldn’t find time to rehearse.”
He continued, “Firing me never took place, Olivia. And while I fully understand the attractiveness of pushing that story because of the current social landscape, the social currency that brings. It is not the truth.”
Olivia had previously told the outlet of Shia’s exit, “I find myself just really wishing him health and evolution because I believe in restorative justice. But for our film, what we really needed was an energy that was incredibly supportive.”