When actors get to cover magazines like GQ, Billboard, People, and US Weekly, the goal is usually to promote upcoming projects and their own careers. However, sometimes lines are blurred in getting out the story.
This month, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the cover star for GQ magazine, timed to the release of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. While the actor was grateful for the cover spot, he was quite upset with the actual story within GQ’s pages.
The writer mentioned Joseph’s brother, Dan, who died in 2010. The article stated: “…the elder Gordon-Levitt died of an alleged drug overdose in 2010. “It was an accident” is all Joe will say about that.”
By using the word “alleged”, the publication strongly hinted that there was evidence to corroborate a potential overdose. Joseph and his family found the statement to be harmful and “irresponsible.”
On his Tumblr page, Gordon-Levitt stated that: “My parents and I are disappointed with what the article chose to focus on regarding this sensitive subject.”
Joseph went on to point out that the coroner’s report did not state that drugs were the cause of his brother’s death. He also stated that he chooses not to speak “publicly” about Dan’s death, but has made an exception due to the article in GQ.
Using the word “alleged” technically allows the writer to say whatever she wants. The “allegations” to which she must be referring were made by a handful of gossip websites. They are factually incorrect according to the coroner’s office and the police department. I don’t like publicly speaking about my brother’s death, but I’m making an exception to correct this irresponsible claim.
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The cover of this month’s issue of GQ, calling Joseph Gordon-Levitt the “Boy Wonder.”