Did Netflix make an oopsie?
Former prosecutor Linda Fairstein has filed a lawsuit against the streaming platform and Ava DuVernay for their film series When They See Us.
According to a handful of reports, Fairstein, whose office spearheaded the case of Central Park shown in the series, sued not only the streaming giant and Duvernay but also co-write Attica Locke on Wednesday. If you’ve watched the series, she was called a “racist mastermind” and she claimed that she was wrongfully portrayed for being called such for wrongly prosecuting five men of color, per Variety.
To get in touch with the other side of the story, Entertainment Tonight reached out to DuVernay.
“In the film series, which Defendants have marketed and promoted as a true story, Defendants depict Ms. Fairstein — using her true name — as a racist, unethical villain who is determined to jail innocent children of color at any cost,” the suit alleges, per ET’s magazine.
Felicity Huffman portrayed Fairstein in the series. The former prosecutor handled the sex crimes unit at the Manhattan D.A.’s office in 1989 and was alleged that the script was made of fictional dialogue––portraying her to come off as racist.
“Throughout the film series, Ms. Fairstein is portrayed as making statements that she never said, taking actions that she did not take — many of them racist and unethical, if not unlawful — in places that she never was on the days and times depicted,” the suit states, per Variety. “On a number of occasions, Ms. Fairstein is portrayed using inflammatory language, referring to young men of color as ‘thugs,’ ‘animals’ and ‘b*****ds,’ that she never used.”
A spokesperson for Netflix tells ET: “Linda Fairstein’s frivolous lawsuit is without merit. We intend to vigorously defend When They See Us and Ava DuVernay and Attica Locke, the incredible team behind the series.”