A lawsuit has been filed against Netflix and the director of a controversial series by the company behind an interrogation technique. Deadline reports that John E. Reid & Associates sued Netflix and “When They See Us” director Ava DuVernay over statements in the program about the Reid Technique.
The report quotes the suit stating: “Defendants published the statements in ‘When They See Us’ in an effort to cause a condemnation of the Reid Technique.”
Deadline notes that the defamation case concerns “a line in the fourth and final episode of the series depicting the rush to justice against five young men falsely accused of being the near fatal rapists of the woman who became known as the Central Park Jogger in 1989.”
The plaintiffs are reportedly seeking unspecified damages and profits from the program, and want the show taken off Netflix globally until the line is deleted or changed.
“In the DuVernay helmed and co-penned episode NYPD Detective Michael Sheenan is castigated for using the ‘universally rejected’ Reid Technique to get the accused to cough up confessions, confessions that further investigation and the courts took decades to find were coerced,” Deadline reports.