Central Park Five prosecutor writes op-ed in response to backlash

Andrew Weber
June 11, 2019 - 11:40 am
Linda Fairstein

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Central Park Five prosecutor Linda Fairstein has responded to a new Netflix series based on the events of the case that she believes defames her, claiming the show is "so full of distortions and falsehoods as to be an outright fabrication."

"When They See Us," from acclaimed director Ava DuVernay, has actress Felicity Huffman portraying Fairstein.

In the Wall Street Journal, Fairstein claims that DuVernay glosses over the riot that occurred the night of the attack on "Central Park Jogger" Trisha Meili.

She adds that there is "comepelling evidence" the five suspects who were convicted and later exonerated of the attack were involved in the riot.

Since the release of "When They See Us," Fairstein has faced renewed scrutiny for her role in the prosecutions of Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Raymond Santana, Korey Wise, and Yusef Salaam.

She was forced to resign from her positions on the boards of Vassar College, God’s Love We Deliver and the Joyful Heart Foundation and was dropped from her publisher, for whom she wrote novels and children's books.

She writes that DuVernay portrays here as a "prosecutor and a bigot, the police as incompetent or worse, and the five suspects as innocent of all charges against them" and says that "none of this is true." 

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