Linda Fairstein who was the head prosecutor of the notorious Central Park five case back in 1989 has resigned from her positions as a board member of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and SafeHorizon which is a non-profit charity.
The former Manhattan prosecutor has been receiving backlash in the media since the release of the Netflix mini-series “When They See Us” after she helps wrongly convict the five teenagers who were later exonerated.
The hashtag “#CancelLindaFairstein” has been trending all over social media, and more than 76,000 people have signed an online petition to boycott her children’s books and mystery novels.
Linda wrote in a letter “The show depicts me in a fictionalized version of events, in a grossly and maliciously inaccurate manner”
Linda Fairstein was dropped by her longtime publisher. This is the latest announcement of the increasing backlash she has been receiving over her role in the Central Park Five case.
On Friday, June 7th, 2019 it was reported that her book publisher Dutton—a subsidiary of Penguin Random House—had officially ended its relationship with Fairstein.