Central Park Five Prosecutor Sues Netflix for Portraying Her as ‘Racist’ Villain in Mini-Series

Linda Fairstein, the prosecutor of the now-exonerated Central Park Five, sued Netflix and the director of the series When They See Us on Wednesday, claiming the show contained defamatory scenes that portrayed her as a “racist, unethical villain.”

Fairstein, a 72-year-old former New York prosecutor, alleged in the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida that the four-part series about the infamous 1989 case incorrectly showed her as the “mastermind behind a racist plot” to obtain convictions of those charged at any cost.

The current crime novelist is seeking damages from Netflix, series director Ava DuVernay and co-writer Attica Locke. She claims her portrayal in the Netflix series—which recounts the case of a Trisha Meili, a 28-year-old white woman, who was assaulted during her jog in Manhattan’s Central Park—damaged her personal and professional reputations.

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