Cleveland Plain Dealer film critic Clint O’Connor had a solid feature the other day about Kill the Messenger, the journalism true-tale movie opening Friday with Jeremy Renner starring as the late Gary Webb. Webb made his early reputation as a reporter with the Plain Dealer before going on to fame and turmoil at the San Jose Mercury News.
Part of what makes O’Connor’s article so compelling are the candid thoughts of Webb’s former wife Sue Stokes. She remarried two years ago and now lives in Sacramento:
“Gary had affairs. That’s what ended our marriage,” said Sue, who is portrayed in the film by Rosemarie DeWitt. “I didn’t know about the affairs at the time. He was having an affair in 1999 and that’s what started this whole downward spiral through the divorce…”