A lawyer representing Katherine Russell, the widow of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon bombers, has spoken out against the new Mark Wahlberg film Patriots Day, claiming it unjustly showed Russell obstructing the investigation when in fact she had provided her complete cooperation.
“It’s just not true,” said Russell’s lawyer, Amato DeLuca. “I have no objection to them making a movie … What I quarrel with is the license they take in portraying Katie as someone who did not cooperate and try to save lives. She did everything she could.”
Patriots Day director Peter Berg has said there are “unresolved issues” with Russell, questioning how she could have lived in a small apartment with the bombers without knowing about the bombing beforehand. In the film, an interrogation with Russell shows her defiantly refusing to answer questions on whether there were more bombs. Russell’s lawyer has repeatedly said that she knew nothing about the bombing prior to the attack.
“It just feeds into this belief that people like Katie would place themselves above the country and above their patriotism because she’s a Muslim,” Deluca said. “She did what any of us would have done.” As recently as a year, Russell was still under investigation by authorities.
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