The woman responsible for convicting the Central Park 5 continues to face repercussions following the release of Netflix’s “When They See Us.”
On June 7, Linda Fairstein’s book publisher, Dutton, dropped her from the company, according to TMZ. Fairstein had become a best-selling crime novelist after retiring from her position as a New York prosecutor. Dutton, a subsidiary of Penguin Random, revealed that it had terminated its relationship with Fairstein.
She was also fired from two non-profit organizations after #CancelLindaFairstein went viral.
Fairstein served as the lead investigator for the prosecution in the 1989 case of a rape that took place at Central Park in New York. Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise, known as the Central Park 5, were convicted of the crime they didn’t commit.
Fairstein and New York police officers allegedly coerced false confessions out of the boys. They were exonerated by DNA evidence in 2002 after the real rapist came forward and revealed that he acted alone. However, Fairstein will still not admit the truth and believes the boys are guilty.