Linda Fairstein v. Netflix and Ava DuVernay - Defamation

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Linda Fairstein v. Netflix and Ava DuVernay - Defamation

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https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/cu ... ve-969228/
Former Prosecutor Sues Netflix, Ava DuVernay Over Central Park Five Miniseries

Former prosecutor Linda Fairstein took aim at Netflix and Ava DuVernay Wednesday when she filed a lawsuit against the streaming service, director and DuVerney’s co-writer Attica Locke claiming that their miniseries, When They See Us, defamed her.

The four-part series, which premiered on Netflix in May of 2019, “portrays Ms. Fairstein in a false and defamatory matter in nearly every scene in the three episodes in which her character appears,” according to a statement from her attorney, Andrew Miltenberg.


The Central Park Five were exonerated in 2002 when a man named Matias Reyes confessed to the crime — his guilt backed up by DNA evidence. “Ms. Fairstein’s legal action is not intended to re-litigate the guilt or innocence of The Five,” Fairstein’s attorney adds. “In fact, Ms. Fairstein previously stated that she agreed with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office decision to vacate the convictions of The Five.”

After the premiere of the show, Fairstein stood by her previous work with the case, however. She wrote an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal in which she took aim at the miniseries, but also the innocence of the five young men; while she agrees they should be cleared of the rape, she says that they may have committed other crimes that night in what was essentially a riot.
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So TV shows aren’t allowed to interpret events?

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Not "re-litigating" the case when you file a defamation suit is an oxymoron. Is that Biss guy representing her?
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TexasFilly wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:32 pm
Not "re-litigating" the case when you file a defamation suit is an oxymoron. Is that Biss guy representing her?
Represented by Andrew Miltenberg, Nesenoff & Miltenberg LLP. He seems to specialize in representing men accused of sexual assault. :doh:
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Isn't she technically, or really, a public figure????? Certainly it's her public persona that is being covered.
The fact that you sincerely and wholeheartedly believe that the “Law of Gravity” is unconstitutional and a violation of your sovereign rights, does not absolve you of adherence to it.

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Notorial Dissent wrote:
Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:20 am
Isn't she technically, or really, a public figure?????
She is -- at a minimum -- a limited-purpose public figure. Meaning she'll need to plead and prove false statements uttered with actual malice.

This is Klayman-level dumb.
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bob wrote:
Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:49 am
Notorial Dissent wrote:
Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:20 am
Isn't she technically, or really, a public figure?????
She is -- at a minimum -- a limited-purpose public figure. Meaning she'll need to plead and prove false statements uttered with actual malice.

This is Klayman-level dumb.
Yeah, what I thought, she was at the very least a public figure when this all happened and that is what the Netflix is all about.
The fact that you sincerely and wholeheartedly believe that the “Law of Gravity” is unconstitutional and a violation of your sovereign rights, does not absolve you of adherence to it.

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