After Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us aired on Netflix, the campaign to cancel the prosecutor Linda Fairstein kicked off in full force. Besides being stripped of the Woman of the Year title by Glamour magazine, the book publisher whom Fairstein has published dozens of books with has ended their partnership.
Buzzfeed reports that Dutton Books, a subsidiary of Penguin Random House, severed ties with Fairstein after she received backlash for playing a major role in jailing the Central Park Five for a crime they didn’t commit.
“Linda Fairstein and Dutton have decided to terminate their relationship,” read a statement.
The Central Park Five, which includes Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana Jr. and Korey Wise, were exonerated in 2002 when serial rapist Matias Reyes confessed to the rape.
Fairstein was also stripped of her position on the board of Vassar College. The Black Student Union at Columbia University is also calling for Fairstein’s Award for Excellence given to Fairstein by Columbia’s School of Medicine to be revoked.
The 72-year-old, who was the chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of Manhattan’s district attorney’s office when she prosecuted the Central Park Five, called DuVernay’s mini-series a “basket of lies.”