Oscar-winning film producer asks court to protect Bergdahl interview tapes

Posted at 4:21 PM, Jul 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-21 18:21:47-04

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - An Oscar-winning filmmaker has asked a federal court to prevent military prosecutors from forcing him to turn over interviews with Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.

Attorneys for screenwriter and producer Mark Boal filed a complaint in a California federal court asking a judge to block an upcoming subpoena from North Carolina-based military prosecutors.

The complaint says the prosecutors intend to ask for unedited audio recordings of Boal's interviews with Bergdahl.

Boal won two Academy Awards in 2009 as producer and screenwriter for the Iraq war drama "The Hurt Locker." He interviewed Bergdahl as research for a possible film, and excerpts were used on the "Serial" podcast.

Bergdahl faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy after walking off his post in Afghanistan and winding up in enemy captivity for five years.