Linda Fairstein Loses Defamation Suit Against Ava DuVernay Over 'When They See Us' - MTO News

Former prosecutor Linda Fairstein has lost her defamation lawsuit against Hollywood director Ava DuVernay and Netflix over their limited series When They See Us.

"Because the First Amendment protects non-factual assertions (and because neither defendants Ava DuVernay nor Array Alliance Inc. has sufficient minimum contacts with the State of Illinois to justify haling them into court here), Reid's complaint is dismissed," wrote U.S. District Court Judge Manish Shah on Monday.

Fairstein, who was one of the lead prosecutors in the Central Park Five case which saw five Black teens spend time in prison for a crime that they did not commit.

Since the series aired, Fairstein lost jobs and her publishing deal, and many of her peers appear to be distancing themselves from her. 

The wrongfully convicted boys, now men, were eventually exonerated after another man stepped forward to take responsibility for the crime, but not before spending several years of their lives behind bars with some spending as much as 13 years behind bars for the rape of a white jogger.