Netflix Slam With Defamation Lawsuit by the Subjects of the Docuseries ‘Afflicted’
According to court documents obtained, Netflix will have to get ready to battle a major litigation from four of the characters in the docuseries ‘Afflicted”. The four of whom suffer from various chronic illnesses — have come together to sue the streaming media giant and the producers of the show over how they were portrayed in the series.
The “Afflicted Four” (as they are referred to in the lawsuit) explicitly asked Doc Shop Productions, the series’ producer, whether their illnesses would be portrayed as psychosomatic.
They claim they were assured it would be “a serious Netflix documentary, with science and interviews with experts in the field, and that Afflicted would show the Afflicted Four’s lives and struggles with their illnesses through a ‘compassionate lense.'”
But the group claims it was clear immediately after the show premiered on August 10, 2018, that they had been “lied to” because they claim “the series is not a documentary in any sense of the word, but a reality series that advanced a producer-driven narrative … suggesting that its subjects’ medically-documented physical illnesses are purely psychological and/or psychosomatic.”