Netflix Faces $170 Million Defamation Lawsuit Over ‘Baby Reindeer’ Stalker Portrayal

By Madz Dizon

Jun 09, 2024 08:34 AM EDT

Netflix Faces $170 Million Defamation Lawsuit Over ‘Baby Reindeer’ Stalker Portrayal
Netflix Inc. is an American multinational entertainment company founded on August 29, 1997, in Scotts Valley, California, by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph. It specializes in and provides streaming media and video on demand online and DVD by mail.
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Netflix announced on Friday (June 7) its intention to vigorously contest a substantial damages claim filed by a Scottish individual who claims to have been defamed by the immensely popular series 'Baby Reindeer.'

Netflix Accused of Making Lies in 'Baby Reindeer'

Fiona Harvey has filed a complaint in the District Court for the Central District of California, seeking a jury trial and damages amounting to $170 million. The damages are claimed for alleged mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of business, CBS News reported.

"Baby Reindeer" has gained immense popularity globally since its premiere in April, capturing the attention of viewers and sparking discussions about the intriguing characters and their possible inspirations. 

Harvey, who was swiftly discovered by internet investigators and referred to as the "real Martha Scott," made an appearance on the YouTube show 'Piers Morgan Uncensored' last month to express how her life had been completely shattered.

The complaint includes Netflix and Netflix Worldwide Entertainment as defendants. It also mentions Gadd, who plays the role of struggling comedian Donny Dunn in the seven-part miniseries.

The document claims that the defendants and Gadd made a false statement, which is considered to be one of the most significant lies in television history.

The statement alleges that Netflix and Gadd acted dishonestly and with malicious intent, driven by their own personal gain, in order to profit and ruin the life of Harvey, an individual who is portrayed as an innocent victim of unprecedented defamation.

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Netflix Vows Firm Defense Amid 'Baby Reindeer' Lawsuit

Netflix is committed to vigorously defending this matter and supporting Richard Gadd's right to share his story, according to an email statement to the Associated Press.

Last month, Harvey mentioned to British broadcaster Piers Morgan that she had sent a few emails, shared around 18 tweets where she tagged Gadd, and sent a letter when she still considered him a friend. 

She refuted Gadd's claim that the character of Martha was inspired by someone who bombarded him with an overwhelming amount of communication over several years.

According to CNN, Gadd has kindly requested fans of the show to refrain from attempting to uncover the true identities of the individuals behind his characters. He successfully vindicated the reputation of an individual who had been wrongly associated with someone else.

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