Lucky Book Controversy: The publisher of Alice Sebolds 1999 memoir Lucky, Lucky, is withdrawing it off shelves after the man she accused of rape and wrote about in the book was exonerated last week. On December 1st, the business published a statement indicating that Lucky will be withdrawn while Sebold revised it.

After Anthony Broadwaters recent exoneration, and in consultation with the author, Scribner, and Simon & Schuster will suspend distribution of while Sebold and Scribner jointly evaluate how the work could be altered, the document stated. Pan Macmillan, the authors UK publisher, has indicated that it will likewise withdraw the book.

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Broadwater served 16 years in prison after being convicted of raping 18-year-old Sebold in 1982. He maintained his innocence until this week when he was eventually exonerated in court. A film adaptation of Lucky was in development, with You actor Victoria Pedretti cast in the lead. Following Broadwaters acquittal, however, funding for the film was withdrawn.

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Timothy Mucciante discovered inconsistencies in the section of the novel that depicts the trial. Ultimately, he left the project and hired a private investigator to examine the evidence against Broadwater. A New York Supreme Court court determined that Broadwaters conviction was mainly dependent on Sebolds testimony and the faulty technique of microscopic hair analysis.

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Following Broadwaters exoneration, Sebold said on the blogging platform Medium, First, I want to apologize to Anthony Broadwater and express my great regret for what he has endured. I am terribly sorry that the life you could have led was unfairly taken from you, and I realize that no apology can and never will change what happened to you.

She continued, As a traumatized 18-year-old rape victim, I placed my trust in the American court system. My objective in 1982 was justice, not the perpetuation of injustice. The author wrote, I am grateful that Mr. Broadwater has now been vindicated, but the reality remains that, forty years ago, he was just another young Black man victimized by our defective court system. I shall always regret what was done to him.

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