Baby Reindeer: Real-life Martha Sues Netflix For £133m

The Netflix show “Baby Reindeer” quickly gained popularity upon its launch. With just seven episodes, this series drew in viewers, especially due to its basis on true events.

The plot revolves around Donny Dunn, portrayed by Richard Gadd, a comedian and bar worker, who faces harassment from a female stalker, Martha Scott, played by Jessica Gunning.

Gadd’s personal story served as the inspiration for this show. When his identity was disclosed, fans of the series began digging deeper until they identified the woman who influenced the character of Martha, leading to speculation that it was Fiona Harvey.

After some time, Harvey confirmed her role in inspiring Martha’s character.

However, in an interview with Piers Morgan, she clarified that the series doesn’t depict events exactly as they occurred.

Subsequently, Fiona has taken legal action against Netflix, claiming the series portrays her in bad light.

She is demanding compensation of at least $170 million.

Harvey claims defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, and breaches of her privacy rights, as reported by Variety.

According to the legal papers, Harvey claims that “Netflix, a multi-billion-dollar multinational streaming entertainment company, did literally nothing to confirm the ‘true story’ Gadd told.”

As reported by Variety, Harvey is pursuing over $170 million from the network, including: a minimum of $50 million in actual damages; a minimum of $50 million in compensatory damages for “mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of business”; at least $50 million “for all profits from ‘Baby Reindeer’”; and a minimum of $20 million in punitive damages.

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