Central Park 5 prosecutor Linda Fairstein is firing back in the wake of criticism she’s received following the premiere of popular Netflix series When They See Us.
The mini-series tells the stories of the Central Park 5, five African American and Latino boys who were convicted in 1990 for the sexual assault of a female jogger in New York City’s Central Park, reported The New York Post.
All five were exonerated in 2002, after a convicted serial rapist confessed to the crime and investigators linked his DNA to the scene. The controversial case garnered attention across the country, bringing focus to police brutality and the role racism plays in the justice system.
The retelling of the infamous case has once again brought the story to national attention, shining a spotlight on those accused of coercing the boys into their initial confessions — including prosecutor Fairstein.
This has led the prosecutor to accuse the miniseries of defaming her and being an “outright fabrication.”
“Ms. DuVernay’s film attempts to portray me as an overzealous prosecutor and a bigot, the police as incompetent or worse, and the five suspects as innocent of all charges against them. None of this is true,” Fairstein said.
The alleged falsehoods included in the Netflix series, which Fairstein describes as an “utterly false narrative”, include scenes where the boys are not allowed to eat, see their parents or use the bathroom.
Netflix has not responded to the accusations yet, but award-winning director Ava DuVernay hit back on Twitter, writing, “Expected and typical. Onward…”
Fairstein has been at the center of the series controversy since the release after she claimed it was a basket of lies. She has stepped down from her role on the board of directors amid the backlash to her claims.
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