Linda Fairstein, a outstanding sex-crimes prosecutor who grew to become a profitable crime novelist, was dropped by her writer this week after a Netflix mini-series renewed focus on her position in the wrongful conviction of 5 youngsters for a brutal rape.
Since the collection, “When They See Us,” premiered final week, Ms. Fairstein, 72, has been the goal of large public outrage, together with on-line petitions and a #CancelLindaFairstein hashtag. This week, she resigned from numerous outstanding boards, together with that of Vassar College, her alma mater.
On Friday, a spokeswoman for Dutton, the Penguin Random House imprint that printed Ms. Fairstein, stated that she and Dutton “decided to terminate their relationship.” An individual with data of the scenario, who spoke on the situation of anonymity as a result of the particulars have been confidential, stated that Dutton was shopping for out Ms. Fairstein’s contract.
In 1989, a white girl was savagely raped and crushed in Central Park, the place she had been out for a jog. Five black and Latino youngsters — Korey Wise, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray and Yusef Salaam, who grew to become referred to as the “Central Park Five” — have been convicted based mostly on confessions that have been filled with contradictions and missing in essential info, and which the boys stated have been coerced. No forensic proof linked them to the crime, and DNA proof that was collected didn’t match any of the 5.
In 2002, a person named Matias Reyes confessed to the crime, an admission confirmed by DNA, and he stated that he had acted alone. The convictions towards the different males — every of whom had already served a number of years in jail — have been overturned.
The Netflix collection is a dramatized account of the case, and reveals Ms. Fairstein, who’s performed by Felicity Huffman, decided to see the boys convicted, no matter inconsistencies and proof that steered their innocence. Ms. Fairstein has known as her portrayal “grossly and maliciously inaccurate” and threatened authorized motion. Ava DuVernay, who directed the collection and was one in every of its writers, has not commented on Ms. Fairstein’s complaints.
After operating the Manhattan district lawyer’s intercourse crimes unit for 25 years, Ms. Fairstein retired and turned her consideration to writing. She has printed 24 books, together with 16 that reached the New York Times best-seller lists, in response to her publicist, Laura Rossi. Her most up-to-date novel, “Blood Oath,” got here out in March.
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