Netflix Sued For Defamation Over 'Making A Murderer'
A retired police officer who featured in Netflix's documentary series 'Making A Murderer' is suing the online streaming company for defamation.
Andrew Colborn argues that the show suggested he planted evidence to frame murder suspect, Steven Avery.
The former Manitowoc County Sheriff filed the lawsuit against Netflix and the documentary's filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos.
According to Colborn's lawyer, Michael Griesbach, his client has been at the receiving end of "worldwide ridicule, contempt, and disdain" since the show's 2015 release.
"He is filing this lawsuit to set the record straight and to restore his good name."
The docu-series, which streamed Season 2 earlier this year, follows the case of Steven Avery and his 16-year-old nephew Brendan Dassey, who were both convicted of murdering 25-year-old Teresa Halbach in 2005.
Andrew Colborn is portrayed as a pivotal part in the arrest and conviction of Avery for the murder, prompting viewers to question whether the retired Wisconsin sheriff purposely planted evidence to frame the man.
Variety report that Colborn's case revolves around the belief that the filmmakers left out key facts and distorted events in order to argue that the convicted sheriff and his team framed the suspects and coerced them into providing fictitious trial testimonies.
Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey remain behind bars as the debate over their innocence continues to be debated.
'Making a Murderer' was one of Netflix's most talked-about original series when it premiered back in 2015, collecting four Emmy Awards in 2016 for its writing and directing.