Bucs QB Jameis Winston threatens to sue CNN over documentary

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Jameis Winston Threatens Legal Action if CNN Airs Controversial Documentary on Campus Sexual Assault.

NFL star Jameis Winston is threatening to sue CNN if the network goes ahead with its airing of ”The Hunting Ground,” a controversial documentary about campus sexual assault. “We are writing to formally caution CNN that the portions of the film ‘The Hunting Ground’ pertaining to Mr.

On Sunday, CNN is scheduled to air the documentary The Hunting Ground, which explores the rape accusation made against Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston while he was at Florida State. Attorney John Boudet said in a letter obtained by the Hollywood Reporter that the documentary “manipulates, misstates or simply omits facts to present a false narrative.” “CNN may have persuaded itself that Mr. The perception of a lackadaisical investigation by local police and school administrators received enough public criticism to prompt reforms, though no charges were filed. The Tallahasee Police Department and FSU conducted a much-criticized investigation and took no action against Winston, who was selected first overall in the NFL draft this past May and in the midst of his rookie season. Winston,” the letter begins. “We urge CNN to reconsider the reckless decision to proceed with the broadcast of this deeply-flawed documentary in the face of the overwhelming evidence the film’s producers consciously and intentionally failed to adhere to any accepted journalistic standards.” Winston, the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, was accused of rape in December 2012 while with the Florida State Seminoles.

Winston’s lawyers allege actual malice, a required condition in a defamation suit against a public figure, saying they “believe that CNN has actual knowledge that the film is replete with factual errors and factual assertions that have deliberately presented in a way that is designed to mislead viewers.” Despite this, there is still a debate over whether Winston did anything wrong, namely because of the way the Tallahassee Police Department conducted its investigation into the former Heisman Trophy winner. Directed by Kirby Dirk and produced by Amy Ziering, Hunting Ground spotlights Kinsman coming forward to speak publicly for the first time about what Winston allegedly did to her, as well as the ensuing investigations. In the e-mail dated Feb. 12, 2014, Herdy apparently writes: “I need to make the Jameis Winston request as soon as possible, as we are coming back to Florida next month.

I’m sure he will say no (although who knows, stranger things have happened) and then I want him to have a gap of a couple of weeks to get complacent because then we will ambush him.” In another e-mail from Herdy to Crowell dated Nov. 21, 2013, the producer claims, “We do not operate the same way as journalists–this is a film project that is very much in the corner of advocacy for victims, so there would be no insensitive questions or the need to get the perpetrator’s side.” However, one would hope that a network that claims and aspires to be “the most trusted name in news” would insist on journalistic standards – not to mention standards of common decency and fairness – somewhat higher than the absolute floor established by the law of defamation.

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