Linda Fairstein Sues Ava DuVernay For Defamation Over 'When They See Us' - MTO News

Former Manhattan prosecutor Linda Fairstein, appears to still be bitter about Ava DuVernay's Netflix docuseries When They See Us and sued her this week for defamation.

"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.

Viewers took exception to Fairstein's clear mishandling of the case, as they watched five Black teens imprisoned for a crime that they did not commit. Many of whom were outraged boycotted her book publisher and places of work until they all dropped her.

Prior to the filming of the series, DuVernay reportedly tried to consult with Fairstein, but she refused if they were also speaking to the victims.

"Her point of view was clearly that she didn't want us talking to the five men if we were talking to her," producer Jane Rosenthal said per Variety at the time.

DuVernay has yet to respond to the lawsuit.