By Frank Fang and David Zhang
Phelim McAleer, a producer of the upcoming independent movie “My Son Hunter” exposing alleged corruption in the Biden family, said he hasn’t “recovered from the shock” after knowing that Hunter Biden’s attorney had infiltrated his movie set in Serbia.
“Hunter Biden’s lawyer was on the set of our movie, secretly recording and interviewing people under false pretenses over several days to find out what was going on,” McAleer said in a recent interview with EpochTV’s “China Insider” program.
The lawyer that he was referring to is Hollywood attorney Kevin Morris, who won a Tony award as a co-producer of the Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon.” His law firm previously represented Hollywood celebrities including Chris Rock, Scarlett Johansson, and “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
According to McAleer, Morris and two of his associates flew to his movie set in a Serbia on a private jet, claiming to be making a documentary with the aim to expose Hunter Biden’s corruption.
McAleer said he found their visit “unusual” but he didn’t question their intention during their short visit, since Morris did not conceal his name and he knows who Morris is.
However, what Morris did hide from McAleer is the fact that he was representing Hunter Biden, a revelation exposed by CBS News in early May. The outlet got confirmation from Morris’s office that he was putting together a legal and media strategy for the president’s son.
What’s more, Christopher Clark, Hunter Biden’s criminal attorney, also confirmed to the outlet that Morris is acting as an “attorney and trusted adviser” to the president’s son.
McAleer said he was stunned when he saw the CBS report.
“I did not believe it,” McAleer said. “I was thinking, like, this is a lawyer, you can’t do that as a lawyer, you can’t pretend you’re not representing your client and speak to a third party, and misrepresent that.”
He added, “There’s an actual part of the California Bar Association ethics rules that says, you’re not allowed to represent yourself as an independent person, to someone who does not have legal counsels.”
Looking back, McAleer said he had some assumptions about why Morris was at his set.
“They’re trying to get some words that they could smear and put together to discredit the movie and to discredit our project,” McAleer said.
He said “My Son Hunter,” a crowdfunded film now in post-production, will be “Austin Powers” meets “House of Cards.” The movie stars British actor and political activist Laurence Fox in the title role and “Dynasty” star John James as Joe Biden.
“It’s a great story and that’s what they’re afraid of, that the story will travel far and wide and that’s why I suppose they infiltrated our movie set, tried to spy on it,” he added.
Hunter Biden, who is currently under federal investigation for tax affairs, has been under scrutiny for his overseas business dealings in countries including Ukraine, Russia, and China, particularly during the time when Biden was vice president during the Obama administration.
For instance, he was paid over $83,000 a month for his work at Ukrainian energy firm Burisma’s board, a position he held from 2014 until 2019, according to payment records that former Ukrainian law enforcement officials provided to Reuters.
Email unearthed from Hunter Biden’s laptop showed that he traveled to Beijing between 2014 and 2015 trying to broker a $120 million oil agreement between a Chinese state-owned oil company and Kazakhstan’s then-prime minister.
McAleer didn’t think the infiltration has not caused him or his movie any damage.
“I suspect the damage actually is going to be for Kevin Morris and Hunter Biden,” he said. “How do you hold the moral high ground when you infiltrated a movie set under false pretenses?
As for what people can get out of watching “My Son Hunter,” McAleer said he wanted people to learn.
“I wish the people learn that the Vice President of the United States was doing deals with foreign entities, Chinese entities, Russian entities, Ukrainian entities, getting tens of millions of dollars for doing nothing,” he said.
“I want them to start asking questions,” he added. “But I also want them to enjoy a really funny movie.”