Linda Fairstein, a former prosecutor who was a part of the Manhattan District Legal professional’s Workplace when it tried the prison case in opposition to the younger males who grew to become referred to as the “Central Park 5,” has filed swimsuit in opposition to Netflix, producer and director Ava DuVernay and author Attica Locke.
Fairstein’s lawyer, Andrew Miltenberg, instructed CNN the sequence was “actively marketed and promoted” as a real story, regardless of “depicting her at locations she by no means was” and “making choices she by no means made.”
“Ms. Fairstein — whose actual title is used all through — is depicted as a racist, unethical villain, who is set to jail harmless youngsters of coloration at any price,” Miltenberg stated. “Defendants intentionally calculated this portrayal to create one clear and unmistakable villain to be focused by the general public for hatred and vilification.”
“Linda Fairstein’s frivolous lawsuit is with out benefit. We intend to vigorously defend ‘When They See Us’ and Ava DuVernay and Attica Locke, the unbelievable crew behind the sequence,” a spokesperson for Netflix stated in an announcement to CNN.
CNN has reached out to DuVernay and Locke for remark.
Fairstein alleges within the federal swimsuit, which was filed Wednesday in Florida, that just about each scene of the sequence with scenes about her had been false and defamatory. She claims that whereas she was the pinnacle of the intercourse crimes unit on the Manhattan District Legal professional’s Workplace in 1989, she didn’t personally prosecute the Central Park 5 case however acknowledges she did present technical help to the lead prosecutor and function a witness for the prosecution.
“When They See Us” instructed the tales of the 5 teen boys of coloration who had been wrongly convicted of collaborating within the rape and beating of a lady who had been jogging in Central Park in 1989. Korey Clever, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam and Antron McCray spent years in jail earlier than their convictions had been later vacated due to DNA proof. Convicted serial rapist Matias Reyes confessed to the crime in 2002.
Fairstein claims she misplaced guide contracts, talking engagements and authorized work on account of the sequence. She is in search of precise damages, punitive damages and injunctive aid in opposition to the defendants.
“I do not know if I’ve instructed anybody this, however she tried to barter circumstances for her to talk with me, together with approvals over the script and another issues,” DuVernay stated. “So you already know what my reply was to that, and we did not speak.”
Fairstein’s swimsuit alleges she didn’t search, negotiate or demand script approval from DuVernay as a precondition to having a dialog along with her. The swimsuit reveals correspondence between Fairstein and folks related to the movie challenge.