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AVA DUVERNAY SUED OVER ‘REID TECHNIQUE’

Netflix and When They See Us creator Ava DuVernay are being sued by a former cop named John Reid who claims his interrogation technique was depicted incorrectly in the film.

TMZ reports that Reid claims the Emmy-winning series defamed him by implying that the method was used to extract erroneous statements from the suspects in the Central Park attack.

He points to a scene in episode 4 in which a detective and someone from the D.A.'s office discuss interrogation. One staffer tells the detective: "You squeezed statements out of them after 42 hours of questioning and coercing, without food, bathroom breaks, withholding parental supervision. The Reid Technique has been universally rejected. That's truth to you."

In court papers obtained by TMZ, Reid says the technique does not advocate the withholding of parental supervision, and does not promote making threats, especially with minors. Reid says in papers that his method has been taught in 6,500 seminars and has trained more than 200,000 people since 2002.