EXCLUSIVE: Linda Fairstein has been dropped by her publisher and now the ex-Manhattan Deputy District Attorney who spurred the prosecution of the later exonerated Central Park Five has been shown the door by her Hollywood literary agency over When They See Us.
This comes as Fairstein lashed out late last night in the Wall Street Journal at Ava DuVernay and Netflixs acclaimed series as an “outright fabrication” for its depiction of the shameful series of judicial events of three decades ago and her pivotal role in them.
ICM Partners has cut ties with Fairstein after several years, Ive learned. The agency represented the lawyer in her post-prosecution career as the bestselling author of over a dozen mystery novels featuring fictional Manhattan Deputy D.A. Alexandra Cooper. The 1996 offering Final Jeopardy was adopted into a TV movie for ABC in 2001, starring Dana Delany as Cooper.
ICM did not respond to request for comment from Deadline on the matter or Fairstein.
This is just the latest in a row of exits that the ex-prosecutor, portrayed by Felicity Huffman in the Oscar nominees limited series, since When They See Us launched on Netflix on May 31.
Following the end of the relationship that the former longtime head of the sex crimes unit of the Manhattan D.A. had with publishers Dutton last week, ex-Harvey Weinstein consultant Fairstein has exited her participation in a number of non-profits and seen calls for previous honors to be rescinded.
Created, co-penned and directed by Selma helmer DuVernay, When They See Us harrowing saga of the Exonerated Five stars Huffman, Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga and John Leguizamo among others.
The four-parter runs from 1989, when five Harlem teens were incorrectly convicted first in the media and then twice in the courts for the brutal rape of a jogger in the NYC park, to 2014 when Santana, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, and Korey Wise saw their names finally cleared.
Serial rapist and murderer Matias Reyes confessed from behind bars, on another case, to the attack in 2001. His statements were confirmed by DNA evidence and knowledge of the scene. Reyes was never prosecuted for the crime because New Yorks statute of limitations on such sex crimes had expired by then for the 1Read More – Source