WASHINGTON (AP) — An Associated Press reporter mistook an impersonator of actor Christopher Walken on a sports-talk radio program for Walken himself, leading the news cooperative to include comments mistakenly attributed to the actor in its coverage of the Natalie Wood death investigation.
The AP corrected the story about an hour later Friday and told its members not to use the incorrect information.
Washington, D.C.-based ESPN 980 informed the AP that the Walken impersonator, Marc Sterne, appears weekly to discuss sports-related topics. The station says the impersonator wasn't meant to be taken seriously.
Walken was sharing a yacht with Wood and her husband, actor Robert Wagner, in 1981 when Wood drowned. The actress' death was ruled an accident. This week, authorities in Los Angeles reopened their investigation based on new information.