Former prosecutor Linda Fairstein is reportedly not happy with the way she was portrayed in Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five Netflix miniseries When They See Us.
When They See Us premiered on Netflix on May 31 and has since had everyone talking.
The miniseries is based on the lives of Antron, Kevin, Yusef, Raymond, and Korey who were wrongfully convicted of the rape of a female jogger in 1989. The black and Hispanic teenagers were exonerated in 2002.
The four-part miniseries “exposes the breakdown of the U.S criminal justice system in the Central Park 5 case”.
According to Fairstein, the series is “full of distortions and falsehoods as to be an outright fabrication”. In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Fairstein said that DuVernay portrayed her as an “overzealous prosecutor and a bigot” in the series.
Fairstein claimed that the five suspects were not held at the police station without food. She claimed that this was made up by DuVernay and is simply not true.
Fairstein also said that there were racial remarks her character made in the series that she claimed were never made by her.
Following the release of the series, Fairstein has since been dropped from her publisher, Dutton.
Dutton Publicity Director Amanda Walker told BBC that the company had cut ties with Fairstein.
“I can confirm that Linda Fairstein and Dutton have decided to terminate their relationship. We have no further comment.”