'Making A Murderer' Makers Being Sued By Key Detective In Netflix Series
The filmmakers behind Making A Murderer are being sued for defamation by one of the key detectives in the Netflix docu-series.
Retired police officer Andrew Colborn alleges that the documentary series suggested that he planted evidence to frame Steven Avery and his co-accused nephew Brendan Dassey for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach.
The detective has hired a lawyer, who says that his client has been subjected to "worldwide ridicule, contempt, and disdain" ever since part one landed on the subscription streaming platform in 2015.
"His reputation and that of Manitowoc County, itself, has been severely and unjustly defamed," Mr Griesbach said of his client in a press release.
"He is filing this lawsuit to set the record straight and to restore his good name."
The case against Netflix and filmmakers has been filed in Manitowoc County in Wisconsin, which is where most of the series has unfolded.
According to The Wrap, the lawsuit states: "Neither plaintiff nor any other law enforcement officer planted evidence or in any other way attempted to frame Avery or Dassey for Halbach's murder.
"Neither plaintiff nor any other law enforcement officer planted evidence or in any other way attempted to frame Avery or Dassey for Halbach's murder."
Netflix has declined to comment on the lawsuit, and Variety reports that directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, Netflix executives Lisa Nishimura and Adam Del Deo, and editor Mary Manhardt have been named in the case.
According to the publication, Colborn's case alleges that the filmmakers 'left out key facts' and 'distorted events' to suggest that Avery was framed by police officers, causing viewers to create false conclusions.
Making a Murderer: part one was followed by a second series which hit the streaming giant earlier this year, primarily focusing on Avery's new layer Kathleen Zellner and her attempts to overturn the conviction.
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