A man who raped a best-selling author has been defeated after a filmmaker found inconsistencies


A man who was raped over the bestselling author Alice Sebold 40 years ago was found guilty after the producer found inconsistency with the story in the writer’s autobiographical film adaptation.

“For the past two days, I’ve been crying tears of joy and relief,” 61-year-old Anthony Broadwater told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “I’m so excited. The cold can’t even cool me down.”

Anthony Broadwater, who spent 16 years in prison, was cleared Monday by a Sebold rape judge when he was a student at Syracuse University, who wrote the attack in his 1999 memoir “Lucky.” The autobiography precedes Sebold’s book “The Lovely Bones,” which became a bestseller after its release in 2002 and was later made into a movie.

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Producers working on the autobiographical film adaptation have been acquitted after Broadwater was found guilty of a crime. Initial media reports said the version of “Lucky” was a Netflix project, but the streaming and production company was not involved in the project.

Tim Musiante, who owns a production company called Red Badge Films, signed on to be the executive producer of the adaptation but when the first draft of the script came out, he was skeptical of Broadwater’s crime because it was so different from the book.

“I started to pierce around and try to figure out what really happened here,” McIntyre told the AP on Tuesday.

Boston, MA – May 08: Author Alice Seybold received the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree and a commencement address for graduate students at the 2016 Emerson College Commencement Exercise at Boston University’s Agganis Arena on May 8, 2016. (Photo by Paul Marotta / Getty Images)
(Paul Marotta / Getty Images)

After quitting the project earlier this year, he hired a private investigator who was in touch with Symonds-based CDH Law Hammond, who brought in Melissa Swartz, a defense attorney with Cambareri and Brennek.

Broadwater’s attorneys, David Hammond and Swartz, are credited with Onondaga County, New York, for taking personal interest in the case, and District Attorney William Fitzpatrick understands that scientific advances have cast doubt on the use of hair analysis. Broadwater’s trial was produced in connection with Sebold’s rape.

At a court hearing, Fitzpatrick told state Supreme Court Justice Gordon Coffey that Broadwater’s prosecution was unfair. The Post-Standard of Syracuse reported.

I’m not going to make this process a lie by saying “I’m sorry.” It doesn’t cut it, “Fitzpatrick said.” It should never happen. “

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Sebold, 58, wrote in “Lucky” that she was raped as a first-year student in Syracuse in May 1981, and she was sure she was offensive after identifying a black man on the street.

“He laughed as he approached. He recognized me. It was him walking in the park; he was meeting an acquaintance on the street,” wrote Sebold, a white man. “” Hey, girl, “he said.” I don’t know you anywhere? “

Sebold went to the police, but she did not know the man’s name and the initial sweep of the area failed to locate him. An officer suggested that the man on the road must be Broadwater, who appeared in the area.

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Broadwater was arrested, but Sebold failed to identify him in the police lineup, choosing another person as his attacker because “the expression in his eyes told us that if we were alone, there would be no wall between us. He would call me and then kill me.”

In 1982, Broadwater was tried and convicted on two felonies. At the witness stand, Sebold identified him as his rapist. And experts say microscopic hair analysis has linked Broadwater to crime. That kind of analysis is considered junk science by the US Department of Justice.

“Sprinkle some junk science on a flawed identity, and it’s the perfect recipe for wrongful conviction,” Hammond told the Post-Standard.

The AP said messages to Sebold were sent through her publisher and her literary agency for comment.

Broadwater, who worked as a trash picker and industrialist in the years since his release from prison in 1999, told the AP that the rape conviction had ruined his job prospects and his relationships with friends and family members.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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