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 spokeswoman 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 best-selling crime novelist. The publicist declined additional remark.
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Fairstein’s most up-to-date e book, “Blood Oath,” got here out in March. Her different books, many that includes the intercourse crimes prosecutor Alex Cooper, embody “Deadfall,” ″Killer Look” and “Satan’s Bridge.”
In a press release issued by way of Laura Rossi Public Relations, Fairstein stated Friday that she and Dutton had “determined to terminate their relationship.” The assertion additionally says that “Fairstein is the writer of 24 books, together with 16 New York Occasions bestselling crime novels, in addition to a nonfiction work that was a New York Occasions Notable E-book of the Yr.”
Reached on her cellphone Friday, Fairstein declined additional remark.
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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 at the very least two nonprofit 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.
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Fairstein was the highest Manhattan intercourse crimes prosecutor when 5 black and Latino youngsters had been charged with the assault on the white jogger, which grew to become an emblem of the town’s hovering crime within the late 1980s. Donald Trump, then often called an actual property developer, took out full-page newspaper advertisements calling for the dying penalty.
The kids stated their confessions had been coerced and their convictions had 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, performed by one other prosecutor and police. She didn’t personally attempt the case.
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Since its collapse, she has denied the kids had 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 settlement with the 5 the subsequent 12 months, whereas not admitting any wrongdoing.