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Dutton writer drops Central Park 5 prosecutor amid Netflix miniseries fallout

Linda Fairstein has been dropped by her writer as fallout continues for the previous Central Park 5 prosecutor over the wrongful conviction of 5 teenagers for the 1989 rape and beating of a feminine jogger.

On Friday, Dutton spokesperson Amanda Walker confirmed a press release that the writer’s customer support line has been giving to inquiring callers, saying that it had “terminated its relationship” with the bestselling crime novelist. The publicist declined additional remark.

Fairstein’s most up-to-date guide, Blood Oath, got here out in March. Her different books, many that includes the intercourse crimes prosecutor Alex Cooper, embody DeadfallKiller Look and Satan’s Bridge.

In a press release issued by Laura Rossi Public Relations, Fairstein stated Friday that she and Dutton had “decided to terminate their relationship.” The assertion additionally says that “Fairstein is the author of 24 books, including 16 New York Times bestselling crime novels, as well as a non-fiction work that was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.”

Reached on her cellphone Friday, Fairstein declined additional remark.

There was renewed outcry relating to Fairstein’s position within the racially divisive case following the discharge final month of Netflix’s When They See Us, a miniseries directed by Ava DuVernay that dramatizes the occasions surrounding the trial.

Fairstein had already resigned from not less than two non-profit boards as backlash intensified and a #CancelLindaFairstein motion unfold on social media.

Final 12 months, the Thriller Writers of America took the uncommon step of withdrawing a lifetime achievement after different authors protested, citing Fairstein’s position within the Central Park case.

Fairstein was the highest Manhattan intercourse crimes prosecutor when 5 black and Latino youngsters have been charged with the assault on the white jogger, which turned a logo of the town’s hovering crime within the late 1980s. Donald Trump, then often known as an actual property developer, took out full-page newspaper adverts calling for the demise penalty.

The teenagers stated their confessions have been coerced and their convictions have been overturned in 2002 after convicted assassin and serial rapist Matias Reyes confessed to committing the crime alone. DNA linked him to it.

Fairstein noticed the boys’ 1989 interrogation, carried out by one other prosecutor and police. She did not personally strive the case.

Since its collapse, she has denied the kids have been coerced and has defended authorities’ conduct within the case, explored in a 2013 documentary by Ken Burns.

The town reached a roughly $41 million US settlement with the 5 the following 12 months, whereas not admitting any wrongdoing.

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