Lawsuit Filed Against Netflix for Using Baby Reindeer Story Without Permission

Fiona Harvey, who was previously identified as the supposed real-life Martha stalker portrayed in Baby Reindeer, has filed a lawsuit against Netflix for millions.

Richard Gadd’s Baby Reindeer, which was based on his personal experiences, saw great success; however, it also received a considerable amount of backlash.

As the series gained popularity on Netflix, fans began to speculate that Scottish lawyer Fiona Harvey could be the true identity of Martha. This led to a backlash on social media, with many attacking Harvey.

Despite being in the spotlight, she vowed to pursue legal action against both Gadd and Netflix for damaging her reputation and violating her privacy.

Jessica Gunning as Martha in Baby Reindeer

Variety reports that Harvey has taken action by filing a lawsuit against Netflix and requesting $170 million in monetary compensation.

The lawsuit was filed in California, claiming defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, and violations of her right of publicity.

Despite Harvey’s prior disclosure of receiving death threats and malicious comments, there is no public record of her being convicted of stalking Gadd.

The lawsuit against Netflix and Richard Gadd states that Harvey is an “innocent woman who has been defamed on an unprecedented scale.”

According to Gadd, the defendants continuously fabricated and perpetuated false information about the real-life Martha, as it made for a more compelling and profitable story. Gadd had disclosed in previous interviews that he altered certain details about Martha.

Upon investigation, online detectives discovered that Harvey had posted messages on Facebook during the same time frame as the events depicted in the series. These messages contained similar language to that which was observed in Baby Reindeer.

Neither Netflix nor Gadd has publicly addressed the lawsuit. This legal action follows closely after Harvey’s appearance on Piers Morgan’s YouTube show, where she shared her perspective on the matter.

“You can watch Baby Reindeer on Netflix and also find information about Gadd’s latest film, which scenes should have been edited out, and new TV shows currently streaming.”

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