Central Park Five Prosecutor Steps Down From Boards After Netflix Series Causes Backlash | THR News

Central Park Five Prosecutor Steps Down From Boards After Netflix Series Causes Backlash | THR News
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    Former Central Park Five prosecutor Linda Fairstein has resigned from multiple boards, following the release of of Ava DuVernay's Netflix miniseries 'When They See Us' and #CancelLindaFarstein trending on Twitter. On Tuesday, Fairstein stepped down from the boards of the nonprofit Safe Horizon and Vassar College. She also reportedly resigned from the boards for God's Love We Deliver and the Joyful Heart Foundation. 'When They See Us' portrays Fairstein, played by Felicity Huffman, when she ran the sex-crimes unit of the Manhattan District Attorney's office. In 1989, the prosecutor oversaw the wrongful conviction and imprisonment of five black and latino teenagers, Kevin Richardson, Antron Mccray, Raymond Santana, Korey Wise and Yusef Salaama, after a white woman was attacked while jogging in Central Park. In 2002, after spending over a decade in prison, the former teenagers were exonerated when the real culprit confessed to the crime. In an announcement, Vassar College president Elizabeth H. Bradley wrote, And in a letter obtained by the 'New York Post,' Fairstein wrote to Safe Horizon, adding that the series "depicts me, in a fictionalized version of events, in a grossly and maliciously inaccurate manner." But this isn't the first time Fairstein has faced backlash for her role in the case. Last year, after it was announced she was to be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Edgars, an awards ceremony for mystery novelists, outcry prompted the honor to be revoked. For more on the controversy surrounding "When They See Us," head to THR.com. And until next time for The Hollywood Reporter News, I'm Jordyn Rolling.
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