Netflix has asked a US judge to dismiss a lawsuit from the company behind a controversial police interrogation technique featured in the acclaimed drama When They See Us.
John E. Reid and Associates sued the streaming giant and show creator Ava DuVernay after the Reid Technique briefly appeared in an episode.
The company said the scene was misleading and harmful to its reputation. It is seeking damages.
Lawyers acting on behalf of Netflix have now asked a judge in Chicago, Illinois to dismiss the claim.
The streaming company argues the lawsuit is designed to “punish” one side of the debate over “a matter of vital public concern – whether a controversial interrogation technique used by police is susceptible to abuse and can result in wrongful interrogations”.
Netflix says it is protected under the First Amendment, freedom of speech.