Federal judge says Central Park Five prosecutor Linda Fairstein can proceed with defamation lawsuit over Netflix series
Linda Fairstein, who is suing Netflix because of the way she was portrayed in the award-winning“ When They See Us” series. - James Keivom/TNS

NEW YORK — A handful of scenes from the award-winning “When They See Us” series about the Central Park Five could be misconstrued by viewers as “based in fact,” a federal judge wrote Monday, allowing a defamation suit by ex-Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor Linda Fairstein to proceed. District Judge Kevin Castel ruled five scenes in the 2019 series portraying Fairstein — who oversaw the team seeking convictions of five teens arrested for the rape and beating of jogger Trisha Meili in 1989 — could be seen as defamatory. “These scenes depict Fairstein as orchestrating acts of misconduct, including...