Linda Fairstein is reportedly outraged about the portrayal of her in the Netflix miniseries, 'When They See Us.'
The doc details the way in which the former New York sex-crimes prosecutor racially profiled and railroaded the 'Central Park Five' three decades ago.
Fairstein said she hired a lawyer to send Ava DuVernay a detailed letter cataloging the public record of the case but never heard from her again.
"It's a basket of lies," she told The Daily Beast. She called the show “a totally and completely untrue picture of events and my participation,” including “putting words in my mouth that I never said in Oliver Stone fashion.”
In a letter acquired by The Post to the chairman of the Safe Horizon victims-services agency, Fairstein said she wanted to spare it further grief through association with her and has resigned from her position.
“I do not want to become a lightning rod to inflict damage on this organization, because of those now attacking my record of fighting for social justice for more than 45 years,” Fairstein wrote.
“I know the terrible inequities of race, gender, and class that have been a tragically pervasive part of our American criminal justice system for centuries,” she continued.
“I have dedicated my career, and my professional and personal passion, to fighting against injustice — and much of that fight has been conducted for and on behalf of the staff and directors at Safe Horizon,” she added.
Fairstein told DB that she hired a lawyer to send DuVernay a detailed letter cataloging the public record of the case but never heard from her again.
“She’s behind it,” Fairstein said in a phone interview. “Her lies are behind it all.”
But DuVernay has a slightly different version of events:
"Linda Fairstein actually tried to negotiate. I don’t know if I’ve told anyone this, but she tried to negotiate conditions for her to speak with me, including approvals over the script and some other things. So you know what my answer was to that, and we didn’t talk," she told DB in an interview.