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Ken Burns Distances Himself From Justice Clarence Thomas – The Hollywood Reporter

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Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns started trending on social media Friday for showing in a photograph with Supreme Courtroom Justice Clarence Thomas and billionaire David Koch.

Nevertheless, Burns mentioned he doesn’t have a relationship with Thomas, aside from taking the photograph. Koch has funded certainly one of Burns’ documentaries. 

“Around ten years ago, Ken was stopped and asked to take a photograph with a Supreme Court Justice and David Koch, who was a supporter of public television and would later provide some funding for his film, The Vietnam War. So he took the photo, as he has done with many, many others. Other than the taking of that photograph and innocuous pleasantries, that’s the extent of his contact with Justice Thomas,” a spokesperson for Burns wrote in a press release to The Hollywood Reporter.

The photograph appeared in a ProPublica article revealed Friday that described beforehand unknown particulars in regards to the relationship between Thomas and Koch, claiming that Thomas attended no less than two donor occasions for the Koch’s libertarian political community and was requested to talk to encourage donations. Burns will not be talked about within the article, aside from showing within the lead photograph, which the article says was taken on the Bohemian Grove, an all-men’s retreat in Northern California.

The article itself additionally attracted consideration as the most recent in a sequence of controversies for the Supreme Courtroom justice. In ProPublica articles revealed earlier this 12 months, the publication reported on years of luxurious journeys that Thomas had reportedly accepted from Harlan Crow, an actual property magnate and main Republican donor, and never disclosed to the Supreme Courtroom. Thomas later disclosed the journeys and defended his prior omission, saying that the knowledge had been “inadvertently omitted.”

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