Emma Watson portrayed a character inspired by Alexis Neiers on screen in The Bling Ring in 2013.
The movie centered on a group of infamous who tracked the whereabouts of famous celebrities, and then robbed their homes of riches.
Alexis is now speaking out about Emma‘s portrayal of the character inspired by her.
“The problem I had is with the comments she made about me and the role, despite the fact that she already knew that I was a convicted … like, the heroin part, the drug addiction part had already come out,” Alexis explained during an Instagram Live with Ziwe Fumudow (via). “So, I was actually in treatment at the time they were filming the movie.”
She went on, adding that she hoped Emma would have more empathy for her.
“I think [Emma] said something along the lines of like, ‘This girl’s the epitome of what I’m totally against and she’s disgusting,’ and you know at that point I already came out with the fact that I’ve been sexually abused throughout my childhood and was like a full-blown heroin addict at the time.”
At the time, Emma told W magazine that her character was “so different from me. How do I try and understand a young woman who loves these things so much that she is prepared to commit crimes to have them?”
After the crime spree in 2010, Alexis was charged with burglary and sentenced to 180 days in jail, three years of probation and a $600,000 fine.
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