Fiona Harvey: Netflix hits out at ‘real Martha’ lawsuit with Baby Reindeer defence

Netflix has made a uncommon touch upon the Baby Reindeer scandal after being sued by the “actual Martha” – and has subtly hit out at controversy surrounding her alleged depiction within the present.

It was revealed on Thursday (6 June) that Scottish regulation graduate Fiona Harvey, who believes she impressed the character performed by Jessica Gunning in Richard Gadd’s hit collection, was suing Netflix for $50m (£39m).

The event comes after Harvey spoke about her alleged depiction whereas being controversially interviewed by Piers Morgan final month.

Netflix has come underneath hearth since the hugely successful biographical series, written by and starring comic Gadd, was launched on 11 April, with many questioning the effectiveness of the streaming service’s safeguarding protocols.

As increasingly armchair detectives tried to search out the real-life figures who impressed the collection, the in any other case acclaimed Child Reindeer obtained a backlash, with many asking whether or not extra safeguarding measures may have been enacted to stop viewers from with the ability to establish them.

The collection follows struggling comedian Donny Dunn (Gadd) as he’s relentlessly harassed and stalked by Martha Scott (Jessica Gunning) for greater than 4 years and, for the reason that present’s premiere, it has turn out to be a word-of-mouth sensation.

Because the present rose up the service’s most-watched charts, viewers tried to find the real-life inspirations behind the present’s controversial characters, together with Martha, in a move that Gadd himself criticised.

Gadd was also been forced to shut down speculation surrounding the real-life id of a personality that groomed and sexually assaulted him – a traumatic occasion from Gadd’s life – because it led to false accusations being made by curious viewers.

Netflix remained silent on the topic – however after Harvey filed her lawsuit towards the service, a spokesperson mentioned: “We intend to defend this matter vigorously and to face by Richard Gadd’s proper to inform his story.”

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In one other obvious response, Netflix appeared to subtly hit out at Harvey’s lawsuit by doubling down on their assist of the present by releasing Gunning’s audition tape for Martha.

Jessica Gunning as Martha in ‘Baby Reindeer’
Jessica Gunning as Martha in ‘Child Reindeer’ (Netflix)

Harvey – who warned in May that she planned to take legal action towards Netflix – reportedly alleges within the newly-filed lawsuit that she has been harassed by individuals internationally due to the collection and failures by Netflix to sufficiently defend her id.

The 58-year-old accuses the streaming large of ruining her status with their depiction of Martha, arguing within the authorized paperwork that she by no means stalked or sexually assaulted Gadd, and was not handed a prison conviction for stalking.

Harvey’s legal professionals are demanding a jury trial on the US District Court docket Central District Of California in a bid to hunt “precise damages” of $50m (£39m), plus authorized charge prices and statutory curiosity.

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