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Baby Reindeer’s real Martha poses real legal threat to Netflix after ‘demanding $170,000,000 in damages’


Fiona Harvey appearing in an interview on the Piers Morgan Uncensored's YouTube channel

Fiona Harvey, who claims to be the ‘real Martha’ from Baby Reindeer, is reportedly suing Netflix (Picture: Piers Morgan Uncensored/TalkTV/PA Wire)

Fiona Harvey, the woman who claims to be the real-life Martha from hit Netflix series Baby Reindeer, poses a real legal threat to the streaming giant, according to a lawyer.

Richard Gadd plays himself in the Netflix series – which states at the start it is ‘a true story’ – all about his ‘stalker’ Martha, who internet sleuths seemingly found out to be based on Harvey.

Since, Harvey has also claimed to be the ‘real Martha’ – and she was even interviewed by Piers Morgan all about the explosive series.

It’s now been reported that Harvey, 58, is seeking monetary damages from Netflix of at least $170,000,000 (£132,000,000) for her supposed depiction in the series.

According to Variety, Harvey is alleging defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, and violations of her right of publicity.

While many might brush Harvey’s reported legal intentions off as unlikely to come to anything, lawyer Alexander Cameron, member of the Forum of the Insurance Lawyers and Legal Director at Birketts, thinks she poses a real challenge to the Californian streaming company.

Harvey could post a real legal threat to Netflix over her supposed portrayal in the series, a lawyer has told Metro.co.uk (Picture: Ed Miller/Netflix)

Richard Gadd starred as himself in the series, which said at the start it was a ‘true story’ (Picture: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

‘Despite the British dimension to this story, California is the obvious place to bring this lawsuit,’ he told Metro.co.uk.

‘Netflix is headquartered there and should the claim for defamation etc. succeed, the court potentially may award tens of millions of dollars in damages,’ he added, explaining how Harvey thinks her reputation has been destroyed by the series.

English courts do not give monetary values on this scale in defamation claims. Also, California law protects ‘publicity rights’ – the right to prevent unauthorised use of a person’s name or likeness by a third party for commercial benefit.

Cameron explained: ‘Netflix intends to “defend this matter vigorously” referring to the right of Gadd to “tell his story” and US First Amendment protection for freedom of expression will feature in the proceedings.  

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Source:: Metro

      

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