Netflix statement after woman launches £133m Baby Reindeer lawsuit

The alleged 'real-life' Martha Scott is suing Netflix over Baby Reindeer
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Netflix has finally issued a response after a woman launched a £133m lawsuit over her portrayal in Richard Gadd's gripping drama Baby Reindeer.

The Scottish woman alleges that the character Martha Scott, played by Jessica Gunning in the series, is based on her life. Earlier this year, during an appearance on Piers Morgan's Uncensored, she stated her intention to take Netflix to court over claims made in the show - labelled as "a true story" by the streaming giant - that she had been imprisoned for a separate stalking case.

The claimant, asserting herself as the "real-life Martha" has made good on her threat by filing a lawsuit in California, seeking the eye-watering sum of 170 million US dollars and Netflix executives have now responded. In a statement released on Friday, June 7, representatives from Netflix declared: "We intend to defend this matter vigorously and to stand by Richard Gadd's right to tell his story."

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Although the actor and creator of Baby Reindeer is not listed as a defendant in the legal action, the Daily Mirror has contacted Richard Gadd's agents for a statement, reports the Mirror. The plaintiff, who purports to be the actual Martha Scott, contends in her legal claim that "the lies" propagated by the defendants include assertions that she "is a twice-convicted stalker who was sentenced to five years in prison, and that [she] sexually assaulted Gadd."

The lawsuit takes a severe hit at Netflix and Gadd, asserting that, "as a result of Defendants' lies, malfeasance and utterly reckless misconduct, [claimant's] life had been ruined. Simply, Netflix and Gadd destroyed her reputation, her character and her life." During an interview with Piers Morgan, the Scottish guest asserted she had never been incarcerated or shared a close connection with Richard Gadd, who was employed at The Hawley Arms pub in London when they allegedly first crossed paths.

Nevertheless, on Thursday, June 6, the veteran Good Morning Britain presenter had a conversation with a woman named Laura Wray, who alleged she had been obsessively pursued by the "real-life Martha." Richard Gadd, the accused, was taken aback to discover that his series, projected as an in-depth exploration of dealing with trauma, had caused such a commotion.

Gadd expressed to The Hollywood Reporter: "The internet's always going to do its thing... There was a video the other day of someone claiming to be Teri. I'd never met them before in my life", adding he intended for the programme "to be received as a piece of art, and I want [people to enjoy the show] as a piece of art."

He further emphasised: "Let's enjoy the world that I've created. If I wanted the real life people to be found, I would've made it a documentary. I've spoken publicly about how I don't want people to do it and if I start playing a game of whack-a-mole, then I'm almost adding to it. I don't think I'll ever comment on it ever again."