Sunday 15 September 2019

Detective featured on Making a Murderer suing Netflix and filmmakers for defamation

Stephen Avery and his nephew were both convicted of the murder of Halbach in 2005
Stephen Avery and his nephew were both convicted of the murder of Halbach in 2005
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A retired detective featured on Netflix's hit true crime series Making a Murderer is suing the streaming service and filmmakers for defamation.

Andrew Colborn alleges that the documentary implied he planted evidence to frame Steven Avery, who was eventually convicted of the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach.

Avery was convicted alongside his 16-year-old nephew Brendan Dassey for the murder of the photographer who had visited the Avery farm to view a car.

Colborn alleges that he was subjected to "worldwide ridicule, contempt and disdain" following the documentary, which arrived on Netflix in 2015.

“His reputation and that of Manitowoc County, itself, has been severely and unjustly defamed,” Colborn’s attorney, Michael Griesbach, said in a statement.

“He is filing this lawsuit to set the record straight and to restore his good name.”

The ten part series was written and directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, who are named as defendants in the suit as well as several Netflix executives.

The first series was so successful that a second was commissioned which is currently streaming on Netflix.

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