The publisher said it would ‘consider how the work could be modified’.
The title has been pulled from shelves after the publishers of Alice Seybold’s memoir, “Lucky,” acquitted a man in the final weeks of the 1981 rape that was the basis for her book, Granthshala News has confirmed.
“Following the recent acquittal of Anthony Broadwater, and in consultation with the author, Scribner and Simon & Schuster will cease distribution of all versions of Alice Sebald’s 1999 memoir Lucky, while Sebald and Scribner together consider whether the work should be How can that be modified,” a spokesperson for Simon & Schuster, which owns Sebald’s publisher, Scribner, wrote in a statement to Granthshala News Digital on Wednesday.
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Anthony Broadwater was convicted of raping Sebold in 1982. Broadwater, now 61, spent 16 years in prison for a wrongful conviction, and reports indicate that he was also denied parole at least five times as he consistently maintained his innocence.
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While Broadwater was released from prison in 1999, he was ordered to register as a sex offender and has been living his life on the registry database ever since. In the interim, he has worked as a garbage hauler and a handyman.
Sebold, 58, addressed Broadwater’s acquittal in a statement posted to Medium on Tuesday.
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“I want to say I’m really sorry for Anthony Broadwater and I’m deeply sorry what you’re doing,” she wrote in clerk. “I am most sorry for the fact that the life you could have led was unjustly robbed of you, and I know that any apology that happened to you can and will never change. I am for you I wish you many things, I hope above all else you and your family are given the time and privacy to heal.”
Elsewhere, Sebald writes: “I am grateful that Mr. Broadwater has finally been upheld, but the fact remains that 40 years ago, he became another young black man brutalized by our flawed legal system. All that he did is I’ll always feel sorry for him.”
The exemption comes after a producer working on the film adaptation of the memoir suspected Broadwater was a guilty person. Initial media reports said the adaptation of “Lucky” was a Netflix project, but the streaming and production company said it was not involved in the project.
A production company called Red Badge Films signed on as executive producer for the adaptation, Tim Muciante, but Broadwater’s guilt was suspected when the first draft of the script came out because it was too different from the book.
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“I started poking around and trying to figure out what really happened here,” Mukiante told the Associated Press on Tuesday.
Broadwater’s attorney, Melissa Swartz, said she had no comment on Sebold’s statement.
Sebold wrote about the rape in 1999’s “Lucky” and then several months later saw a black man on the street whom she believed was her attacker.
After going to the police after the alleged incident, an officer said the man in the street must have been Broadwater, who was reportedly seen in the area.
After Broadwater’s arrest, Seybold failed to identify her in the police lineup, choosing a different man as her attacker because she was frightened by the “expression in her eyes”.
At the witness stand, Sebold identifies him as his rapist. And one expert said microscopic hair analysis had linked Broadwater to crime. That type of analysis has since been considered junk science by the US Department of Justice.
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