ABC is backing off of its claim that âTop Gunâ director Tony Scottâs suicide was prompted by inoperable brain cancer. Scottâs wife, Donna, emerged to dispute the report, telling investigators the claim was âabsolutely false.â
Scottâs body was recovered Sunday around 3 p.m. from Los Angeles Harbor after he apparently parked his car and jumped from theÂ Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, Calif.
A report on âGood Morning Americaâ Monday morning that quoted âa source close toâ Scott as saying that the director âhad inoperable brain cancerâ was picked up quickly by other media outlets. ABC amended its headline this evening to read, âTony Scott Brain Cancer Report Appears in Doubt.â
Just last month, ABCâs Brian Ross rushed to link the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shootings to the Colorado Tea Party after finding the name âJames Holmesâ on a website. Ross later apologized for the report, which led to the mistakenly identified man having to turn off his phone after receiving death threats. Conservatives falsely smeared by Ross havenât forgotten.