Ava DuVernay’s latest project “Central Park Five”, a film that follows the story line of 5 teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of a crime the didn’t commit, is currently in pre-production in New York City. The cast includes Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga and John Leguizamo. Ava is executive producing the film with some help from Oprah and Harpo, among other contributors.
The limited series sprawls from 1989 when five Harlem teens were incorrectly convicted first in the media and then twice in the courts for the brutal rape of a jogger in the NYC park to 2014 when Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise saw their names finally cleared. Having been vilified by the likes of Donald Trump back in the late 80s and forced to spend years in jail each, the five sued New York City and settled for just over $40 million about four years ago. Before you take another breath, take into account that sum that works out to around $1 million for every year they collectively spent tossed behind bars for a terrible crime they never committed.
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