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Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 2:44PM EST
CNN admits it used a photo of another woman in promoting its Patricia Hearst docuseries
Hearst pointed out the error, tweeting: “Who is this poor woman (not me) that CNN is using in their promos for Jeffrey Toobin’s upcoming ‘original series’ romanticizing rape #MeToo”? CNN said the error was due to a mix-up by the photo agency Getty, which has tweeted out an apology.
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 8:13PM EST
Patricia Hearst blasts CNN and Jeffrey Toobin for their docuseries The Radical Story of Patty Hearst
Hearst released a lengthy statement today accusing Jeffrey Toobin of writing an unauthorized book, American Heiress, that “romanticizes my rape and torture and calls my abduction a ‘rollicking adventure.’” Hearst’s statement prompted 20th Century Fox to cancel a movie project based on the book. But Toobin also serves as executive producer of The Radical Story of Patty Hearst, premiering Feb. 11 on CNN. “This six-part documentary series includes unprecedented access to Patty's lovers, comrades and confidants,” according to a description on CNN’s website. “The series explores who Patty Hearst really is: victim or villain?” Citing the #MeToo movement, Hearst wrote that she is “saddened and appalled that Fox 2000 agreed to finance and produce a movie based on Toobin’s book (with a similarly themed screenplay, also written by men) and that CNN has agreed to continue to perpetuate a one-sided dialogue romanticizing my torture and rape by hosting a podcast and docuseries through Toobin’s distorted lens. I refuse to give Jeffrey Toobin, 21st Century Fox, CNN or anyone else involved in these projects about my life the power to make me a victim again, or the power to provide a platform where victim blaming is ok.”