Author Alice Sebold’s memoir, “Lucky,” Removed from Shelves after Man Convicted of Rape in 1981 Exonerated – .

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Author Alice Sebold’s memoir, “Lucky,” Removed from Shelves after Man Convicted of Rape in 1981 Exonerated – .


The editors of Alice Sebold’s memoir, “Lucky,” pulled the title from shelves after a man was cleared last week of the 1981 rape that was the basis of his book, Fox News confirmed.

“Following the recent exoneration of Anthony Broadwater, and in consultation with the author, Scribner and Simon & Schuster will cease distribution of all formats of Alice Sebold’s 1999 memoir ‘Lucky’ while Sebold and Scribner together examine how the work could be revised, ”spokesperson for Simon & Schuster, owner of Sebold’s publisher, Scribner, wrote in a statement to Fox News Digital on Wednesday.

The editor also shared the memorandum to its social networks.

Anthony Broadwater was convicted of the rape of Sebold in 1982. Broadwater, now 61, spent 16 years in prison on wrongful conviction, and reports indicate he was also denied parole in at least five times because he continually maintained his innocence.

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Anthony Broadwater, 61, center, appears after a judge overturned his conviction that unfairly jailed him in state prison for the rape of perpetrator Alice Sebold on November 22, 2021, in Syracuse, NY
(Katrina Tulloch/The Post-Standard via AP, File)

While Broadwater was released from prison in 1999, he was ordered to register as a sex offender and has since lived his life in the registry database. In the meantime, he worked as a garbage trucker and handyman.

Sebold, 58, spoke about the Broadwater exoneration in a statement posted to Medium on Tuesday.

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“I mean, I’m so sorry for Anthony Broadwater and deeply regret what you went through,” she wrote in The Scribe. “I am especially sorry that the life you could have lived was unfairly stolen from you, and I know that no excuse can change what happened to you and never will. Of the many things that I wish for you, I especially hope that you and your family have the time and privacy to heal. “

Elsewhere, Sebold writes: “I am grateful that Mr. Broadwater was finally vindicated, but the fact remains that 40 years ago he became another young black man brutalized by our flawed legal system. I will always be sorry for what was done for him. “

Alice Sebold apologized to Anthony Broadwater on Tuesday. Her 1981 rape was the basis of her memoir “Lucky”.
(AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, dossier)

The exemption comes after a producer working on a film adaptation of the memoir became skeptical that Broadwater was a guilty man. Early media reports indicated that the adaptation of “Lucky” was a Netflix project, but the streaming and production company said it was not involved in the project.

Tim Mucciante, who has a production company called Red Badge Films, had signed on as executive producer on the adaptation but became skeptical of Broadwater’s guilt when the first draft of the script came out because it differed so much from the book.

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“I started digging around and trying to figure out what really happened here,” Mucciante told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Broadwater attorney Melissa Swartz said he had no comment on Sebold’s statement.

Author Alice Sebold apologized to Anthony Broadwater “for her role in a system that sent an innocent man to jail” after being exonerated from a rape against Sebold in 1981.
(Photo de Paul Marotta)

Sebold wrote in 1999’s “Lucky” that she was raped and then spotted a black man on the street several months later whom she believed to be his attacker.

After surrendering to police following the alleged incident, an officer said the man on the street must have been Broadwater, who was allegedly seen in the neighborhood.

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After Broadwater’s arrest, Sebold failed to identify her in a police line, choosing another man as her attacker because she was afraid of the “look in his eyes.”

On the witness stand, Sebold identified him as his rapist. And an expert said microscopic hair analysis linked Broadwater to the crime. This type of analysis has since been considered an undesirable science by the US Department of Justice.

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“Sprinkle some unwanted science on a misidentification, and that’s the perfect recipe for a wrongful conviction,” Hammond told the Post-Standard of Syracuse.

Emma Colton of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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