Oprah Winfrey hosted a special interview with 'The Exonerated Five,' the men whose story director Ava DuVernay brought to life in the recent Netflix miniseries, 'When They See Us.'
The Exonerated Five (formerly labeled as the 'Central Park Five' by the media were Antron McCray, Korey Wise, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, and Yusef Salaam. The special was taped on Friday following the incredible reception from viewers.
The series chronicles the case of five teenagers of color who were all convicted of assault, rape, and attempted murder based on what they long maintained were coerced and false confessions. Their sentences were eventually vacated in 2002.
“I’m excited about it because they’re excited about it,” DuVernay told Variety. “At one point, one of them had said to me a couple of years ago during the research period, that when they were young, they’d wished that they could just get to Oprah. [They thought] if they could get to Oprah and tell their story, maybe then people can hear their side because they knew how powerful she was, how much people listen to her. And it didn’t happen at the time they were incarcerated, they were guilty, people threw them away, and now it is their time. And so the fact that they get to sit down with her and finally tell her — her specifically– their story is so emotional to me, so moving.”
'Oprah Winfrey Presents When They See Us Now' will premiere June 12 at 10 p.m. ET on OWN and Netflix.