Producer Claims ‘Very Powerful People’ Tried to Stop His Movie About Chappaquiddick Scandal When Ted Kennedy Crashed His Car and Left a Young Woman to Drown Off Martha’s Vineyard in 1969

(L-R) Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Entertainment Studios CEO/Co-Founder Byron Allen and Ed Helms arrive on the red carpet for the premiere of ‘Chappaquiddick’ at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California on March 28, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mark Ralston (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

The chief executive from the film studio behind a movie about the Chappaquiddick scandal has said he was pressured to dump the project.

Byron Allen, the CEO of Entertainment Studios and the executive producer of Chappaquiddick, says ‘some very powerful people…tried to put pressure’ on him ‘not to release this movie.’

‘They went out of their way to try and influence me in a negative way,’ he told Variety.

‘I made it very clear that I’m not about the right, I’m not about the left.

‘I’m about the truth.’

Chappaquiddick refers to the island next to Martha’s Vineyard which was the site of a 1969 car accident that killed a female companion of then-Senator Ted Kennedy.

Late at night on July 18, 1969, Kennedy drove his car off a bridge with Mary Jo Kopechne, an aide to Robert Kennedy, in the passenger seat.

Kopechne, 28, who was trapped inside the car as it sank in the water, drowned while Kennedy swam to safety.

Kennedy reported the accident the following day after Kopechne’s body was recovered.

He denied he was drunk at the time of the crash. Kennedy, who was married, also denied he was having an affair with Kopechne.

The then-senator pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a crash causing personal injury. He received a suspended sentence of two months in jail.

Chappaquiddick likely ruined any chance Kennedy had of being elected president.

The film, starring Kate Mara as Kopechne, was screened in Beverly Hills this week before its nationwide release on Friday.

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Source: Daily Mail