Central Park 5 Investigator Linda Fairstein Is Being Forced Out Of Nonprofit Organization
Over the weekend, Ava DuVernay released her latest Netflix series “When They See Us,” a show about “The Central Park Five,” 1989 case involving five teenagers who were wrongfully charged with raping a woman in Central Park.
Author Linda Fairstein, who was a key figure in the wrongful prosecution of the Central Park 5, is facing a wave of new backlash following the release of the series. Not only is Fairstein facing calls for her old cases to be reopened and her books boycotted, the nonprofit organization she worked on for nearly 20 years wants her canceled according to TMZ.
Sources at Safe Horizon a nonprofit which helps aide victims of abuse and violent crime in NYC tells the news site that the CEO held a meeting on May 21 where nearly 100 directors were informed about the Netflix drama and Fairstein’s connection to it. Some staffers were shocked to learn that the former prosecutor was on the board and been allowed to remain on for so long knowing her horrible past. Staffers accused Fairstein of racism and demanded her immediate dismissal, but the CEO asked for time to evaluate before making that big decision, TMZ reports.
However, some Safe Horizon’s directors are so angry, they’re planning to take legal action this week to get Fairstein out if the CEO refuses to do it.
Central Park Five exoneree Raymond Santana believes Fairstein is finally getting what she deserves after all these years. He says,
“Even if it’s 30 years later, she has to pay for her crime.”
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