Linda Fairstein writes in the Wall Street Journal that the director's Netflix mini-series "is so full of distortions and lies that it's virtually invented".
Linda Fairstein, the Attorney General of Manhattan, who took the lead in the controversial case of Central Park Five, speaks out against [[Avg. DuVernay's] When They See Us in op-ed  The Wall Street Journal claims that the Netflix mini-series based on the fall of 1989 omits crucial details and she defames Felicity Huffman in When They See Us reports that in The four-part, limited-edition series has left out a riot of more than 30 people, which took place on April 1
Since the release of When They See Us, the case of Central Park Five and Fairstein's role in this case have been re-examined, not least due to the involvement of Donald Trump, who at the time took over full-page newspaper ads calling for the death penalty for the five defendants.
In recent weeks, Fairstein has been heavily criticized, especially in social media where the #CancelLindaFairstein hashtag has been in vogue, and as a result of the backlash, Fairstein resigned from the boards of Vassar College , back from God's Love We Deliver and the Joyful Heart Foundation after the state prosecutor's office in Fairstein Manhattan, she worked as a writer and children's book author. A few days ago, her publisher Dutton told the Associated Press that she had been removed from her list. In her play WSJ Fairstein asserts that the rape and conviction of the five convicts – Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Raymond Santana, Korey Wise, and Yusef Salaam – were evicted in 2002 after convict Mathias Reyes raped and raped Murderers who confessed to the crime and DNA testing confirmed its presence at the scene of the crime have "caused some of these reporters and filmmakers to assume that the prosecution had no basis to prosecute the five suspects in 1989." Fairstein agrees that Reye's admission was correct in lifting the convictions against the five, but that did not release them from other crimes committed that night during the uprising. "The other charges of crimes against other victims should not have been lifted, nothing that Mr. Reyes said has cleared these five attacks, and certainly there was more than enough evidence to support these beliefs of first degree assault, robbery, and riot support. " and other charges, "she writes.
It describes when they see us as" so full of distortions and falsehoods that they are virtually fabricated. "" If they see us repeatedly shows that the suspects are detained without food, robbed of their parents' society and council, and can not even use the bathroom, and if they had, they would have done so with certainty Trials on the voluntary nature of their statements and in their lawsuit against the city were enforced and they did not, because it never happened, "she writes.
She believes DuVernay portrays her as a "prosecutor and a fanatic, calling the police incompetent or worse, and the five suspects as innocent of all charges against them," claiming that "none of this is true."
Fairstein concludes by saying that "it is a wonderful thing that these five men have taken on responsible positions and respect for the community," but affirmed that DuVernay "so much of the truth about the 30-year-old and ignoring the suffering of their victims "and calling this" outrage ".
On Monday, DuVernay addressed the backlash that confronted Fairstein at Netflix's recent Emmy event "For Your Consideration" in Los Angeles, hosted by Oprah Winfrey. At the event, DuVernay was interviewed for an interview that led Fairstein to The Daily Beast in which When They See Us referred to it as the "Basket of Lies," as well as to questions about the backlash The former prosecutor has faced.
"I think it's important for people to be held accountable," said DuVernay. I think it would be a tragedy if this story and storytelling would lead to a woman being punished for what she did because it's not about her. It's not just about her. "
DuVernay added:" [Fairstein] is part of a system that is not broken, it was built in such a way, it was built to quell, it was built to control, it was built to our culture to shape in a specific way that keeps some people here and some people here was built for profit. It was built for political gain and power. And it's inc. It lives on us, our taxpayers' money, our voices, the goods we buy, and those made in prisons. It lives on our ignorance and we can no longer be ignorant. Okay, Linda Fairstein. Okay, Elizabeth Lederer. OK, all those people in this particular case who need to be held accountable. "