“When They See Us,” Ava DuVernay’s dramatization of the wrongful arrest and conviction of five black teenagers in New York City after the rape of a Central Park jogger 20 years ago, has been the most-viewed series on Netflix for the past 13 days.
“‘When They See Us’ has been the most-watched series on Netflix in the US every day since it premiered on May 31,” the streamer tweeted Wednesday.
In similar news, The lead prosecutor involved in the trial of five young men known as the Central Park Five, whose conviction was later vacated, will no longer teach at Columbia Law School following student demands for her termination.
Elizabeth Lederer is not seeking reappointment from her position as part-time lecturer at the university after a petition was circulated by the Black Students’ Organization, according to a letter to students from the school’s dean.
Lederer is quoted in the letter saying she has enjoyed her time teaching at Columbia Law and interacting with the students.
“However, given the nature of the recent publicity generated by the Netflix portrayal of the Central Park case, it is best for me not to renew my teaching application,” the statement said.
Lederer has come under renewed scrutiny for her role in the wrongful conviction and imprisonment of five teenagers of color in 1990, after a white woman was attacked in Central Park. The latest backlash began in late May after director Ava DuVernay released a Netflix miniseries about the case, “When They See Us.” (NBC NEWS)