Netflix hit with lawsuit from alleged real-life Martha over Baby Reindeer series!

Los Angeles, California - A woman claiming to have inspired Richard Gadd's hit TV series "Baby Reindeer" is seeking at least $170 million in a lawsuit filed against Netflix.

A woman claiming to have inspired Richard Gadd's hit TV series "Baby Reindeer" is seeking at least $170 million in a lawsuit filed against Netflix.
A woman claiming to have inspired Richard Gadd's hit TV series "Baby Reindeer" is seeking at least $170 million in a lawsuit filed against Netflix.  © IMAGO / Picturelux

Fiona Harvey has accused the streaming platform of defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, gross negligence, and violations of her right of publicity in the lawsuit filed at the Californian federal court.

It comes after she claimed to be the inspiration behind the character of Martha Scott, who stalks Gadd's character Donny Dunn after he serves her a free cup of tea in the pub where he works.

The show is said to be based on the real-life experiences of comedian and writer Gadd. After the show aired, he asked viewers not to speculate over the real people who inspired the series.

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In the new lawsuit, Harvey has accused Netflix of spreading "brutal lies," including that she is a "twice convicted stalker who was sentenced to five years in prison."

"Defendants told these lies, and never stopped, because it was a better story than the truth, and better stories made money," it states.

"As a result of defendants' lies, malfeasance and utterly reckless misconduct, Harvey's life had been ruined."

Fiona Harvey sues Netflix for defamation over Baby Reindeer

The court documents allege Netflix "did nothing literally" to confirm that the story represented was true, stating that "Harvey has never been convicted of any crime and has never been to prison."

The lawsuit seeks actual damages and compensatory damages at $50 million each, punitive damages at $20 million, as well as "all profits" from Baby Reindeer at $50 million.

A representative for Netflix and Gadd have been contacted for comment.

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