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WHEN THEY SEE US: Prosecutor Who Led The Wrongful Jailing Of Central Park Sues Netflix For $75k

By Published March 19, 2020

Former head of the Manhattan District Attorney’s sex crimes unit when the five innocent black teens were wrongfully prosecuted for the brutal rape and beating of a female jogger in 1989, Linda Fairstein has taken legal action against Netflix and filmmaker Ava DuVernay.

Fairstein is claiming a “false and defamatory” portrayal of her in the acclaimed Netflix drama series “When They See Us” produced by Ava DuVermay.

In a 119-page defamation suit filed in federal court Wednesday, Fairstein accused the show creators of smearing her as a “racist, unethical villain” hell-bent on pinning the heinous crime on “innocent children of colour.”

“When They See Us’ portrays Fairstein in a false and defamatory manner in nearly every scene in the three episodes in which she appears,” the suit states, adding, a portrayal Fairstein said cannot be justified as mere use of artistic license or dramatization.

Fairstein, 72, is seeking $75,000 in damages for economic losses, reputational harm, lost career opportunities and emotional distress.

Netflix in response to the suit called the complaint “frivolous.”

“Linda Fairstein’s frivolous lawsuit is without merit,” a spokesperson for the company said. “We intend to vigorously defend ‘When They See Us’ and Ava DuVernay and Attica Locke, the incredible team behind the series.”

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