Bruce Willis 'wanted to work' amid allegations Randall Emmett mistreated him after aphasia diagnosis

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  • Attorney, Martin Singer, is setting the record straight on why Bruce Willis continued working after his aphasia diagnosis.
  • Singer responded to recent allegations that director Randall Emmett pushed the actor to work despite his health issues.
  • Willis completed five more movies with Emmett before announcing his retirement earlier this year.


Bruce Willis' attorney, Martin Singer, is setting the record straight on why the actor continued working after his aphasia diagnosis.

Singer responded to recent allegations that Willis' frequent collaborator Randall Emmett pushed the actor to work despite his health issues in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.

"My client continued working after his medical diagnosis because he wanted to work and was able to do so, just like many others diagnosed with aphasia who are capable of continuing to work," Singer said.

"Because Mr Willis appeared in those films, they could get financed. That resulted in literally thousands of people having jobs, many during the Covid-19 Pandemic."

Per People, Willis completed five more movies with Emmett before announcing his retirement earlier this year.

Willis, 67, starred alongside Megan Fox in Emmett's crime thriller, Midnight in the Switchgrass, as an FBI agent racing to rescue his partner (Fox) from a serial killer, whose path they cross while investigating a sex-trafficking ring in Florida. The film was released in 2021.

Willis, along with the support of his family, announced his retirement from acting on social media in March.

"Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities," a post on Instagram signed by his family said.

"As a result of this and with much consideration, Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him."

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Singer's statement was published in an LA Times expose on Emmett, in which the producer/director of accused of inappropriate behaviour by multiple women, including offering acting roles in exchange for sexual favours.

He has denied the allegations through his spokesperson, Sallie Hofmeister, to the Times.

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