Linda Fairstein Calls Netflix’s ‘When They See Us’ An “Outright Fabrication”
The main woman responsible for incarcerating five innocent teens is, of course, still defending her atrocious actions.
In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, former Manhattan District Attorney’s office prosecutor Linda Fairstein slammed “When They See Us”, the Netflix mini-series based on the Central Park Five case. Fairstein argues that the four-part series omits crucial details, including a “riot” involving more than 30 people that allegedly went down on April 19, 1989 — the same date of the attack on the Central Park jogger Trisha Meili.
Fairstein claims that reporters and Ava DuVernay have only focused on the five accused teens and the one victim in the jogger attack, not the riot.
The movie is about the CENTRAL PARK FIVE and the JOGGER CASE.
Anywaaay, Fairstein went on to say that the movie missed “the larger picture of that terrible night: a riot in the dark that resulted in the apprehension of more than 15 teenagers who set upon multiple victims.”
She continued that on that night “eight others were attacked, including two men who were beaten so savagely that they required hospitalization for head injuries.” She then argues that there’s compelling evidence that the Central Park five were involved in the “riot.”
Again, what’s that got to do with the jogger case?????????
The one in which Matias Reyes was proven to be Meili’s attacker thanks to a confession and DNA evidence.
But Fairstein kept on about the OTHER alleged attacks that happened that night:
“The other charges, for crimes against other victims, should not have been vacated. Nothing Mr. Reyes said exonerated these five of those attacks. And there was certainly more than enough evidence to support those convictions of first-degree assault, robbery, riot and other charges,” Fairstein writes.
Fairstein also denies the portrayal of the five teens being held without food or deprived of their parents’ company during questioning:
“If that had been true, surely they would have brought those issues up and prevailed in pretrial hearings on the voluntariness of their statements, as well as in their lawsuit against the city. They didn’t, because it never happened,” Fairstein writes.
Fairstein also says that DuVernay portrays her as a “prosecutor and a bigot, the police as incompetent or worse, and the five suspects as innocent of all charges against them” and claims that “none of this is true.”
She finishes by arguing that “it is a wonderful thing that these five men have taken themselves to responsible positions and community respect,” but reiterated that DuVernay “ignored so much of the truth about the gang of 30 and about the suffering of their victims” and described this as an “outrage.”
Ava’s response to Linda’s “outrage?”
The filmmaker responded to the op-ed on Twitter, calling Fairstein’s words “expected and typical.” Then she simply added, “Onward.”
Our thoughts exactly.