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Ava DuVernay & Netflix Hit With Lawsuit Over ‘When They See Us’ Scene

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“When They See Us” director Ava DuVernay and Netflix are being sued over a scene in the Central Park 5 docu-series. Details inside…

Let the foolery begin…

”When They See Us” creator/director Ava DuVernay and Netflix have been hit with a lawsuit for a scene in the miniseries about the five black men who were wrongfully convicted and incarcerated for a 1989 sexual assault in Central Park.

John Reid – a former cop – filed the lawsuit on Monday in Illinois federal court claiming that the police interrogation technique depicted in the film was incorrect and has defamed his reputation. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reid is a former police officer turned consultant who pioneered an interrogation technique that he's been teaching since 1974. According to the complaint, Reid's clients include the FBI, the DEA, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. military and police departments around the country.

So here's his issue:

In the final episode of the series, a discussion ensues between Manhattan assistant D.A. Nancy Ryan and a New York City detective who was involved in eliciting the confessions of the Central Park Five. During this conversation, Ryan's partner says, "You squeezed statements out of them after 42 hours of questioning and coercing, without food, bathroom breaks, withholding parental supervision. The Reid Technique has been universally rejected. That's truth to you."

The 41-page complaint (read here) strenuously objects to the notion that the Reid Technique has been universally rejected. What's more, the plaintiff doesn't like the reference to the Reid Technique in the Central Park Jogger case. "The conduct described is not the Reid Technique," states the lawsuit, adding a bit later, "The program falsely represents that squeezing and coercing statements from juvenile subjects after long hours of questioning without food, bathroom breaks or parental supervision is synonymous with the Reid Technique."

Reid reportedly demanded a retraction in July, but Netflix refused, so he’s suing for defamation.  He also wants some of the EMMY winning series’ profits and other damages, of course.


Photo: Netflix

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