Woman sues Netflix over alleged defamatory comments in 'Baby Reindeer' series


Fiona Harvey, a Scot, has filed a lawsuit against streaming giant Netflix, alleging defamation, negligence and invasion of privacy arising from her alleged portrayal in the hit drama series “Baby Reindeer.”

Harvey claims that the character of Martha, depicted in the series, is based on her and she is seeking more than $170 million in damages.

In a complaint filed in a California court, Harvey claims Netflix broadcast “brutal lies” to its global audience of more than 50 million viewers, falsely portraying her as a convicted criminal for stalking.

The series, created by and starring Scottish comedian Richard Gadd, depicts Martha as a convicted stalker who sexually assaults the protagonist, based on Gadd's experiences.

Netflix responded, stating its intention to vigorously defend itself against the lawsuit and defend Richard Gadd's right to share his story.

The series presents itself as a true story, although it acknowledges elements fictionalized for dramatic purposes in its end credits.

Harvey denies the allegations against her, saying Netflix did not verify the veracity of Gadd's claims before producing the series.

Netflix executive Benjamin King previously described the series as a true account of Gadd's ordeal with a convicted stalker, emphasizing that it was based on true events.

Harvey's lawyer, Richard Roth, however, provided documentary evidence confirming his client's lack of criminal conviction.

Harvey alleges that since the series' release in April, she has faced death threats and been afraid to leave her home due to public scrutiny.

In an interview with Piers Morgan, Harvey admitted to knowing Gadd while working in a London pub, but denied exhibiting the behaviors attributed to his character in the series.

She claims her interactions with Gadd were limited to casual emails and denies sending excessive messages as depicted on the show.

The lawsuit highlights the use of actual comments made by Harvey in the show's dialogue, including a tweet she sent to Gadd in 2014.

Despite Netflix's warning about fiction, Harvey insists that Martha's portrayal closely reflects her own identity.

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