Ian Bailey threatens to sue Netflix ahead of Sophie: A Murder in West Cork release
28th June 2021
Ian Bailey has threatened to sue Netflix ahead of its upcoming series about the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.© Provided by Evoke.ie
It’s reported that Ian has written to the streaming giant demanding that his interview regarding the murder of Sophie be removed from the show.
A strongly worded letter was yesterday received by Netflix, as well as Lightbox media the company that made the series, from Ian. The former journalist said in the letter that he will take legal action if his demands are not met.
The series in question, Sophie: A Murder in West Cork, is due to begin streaming on Netflix Wednesday, June 30.© Provided by Evoke.ie Ian Bailey (left) has threatened legal action against Netflix Pic: Collins
This news comes after the du Plantier family successfully removed its own interviews from Jim Sheridan’s series on the case.
According to the Independent, Ian stated in the letter that: ‘“You will clearly be aware of the potential consequence of a failure to do what I ask.’
The 64-year-old, who also possesses a law degree, has claimed that he only gave Netflix permission to include a small snippet of his interview in their trailer for the series.
‘I want to put you on notice I am objecting to the inclusion of an interview recorded at The Prairy Cottage in May 2018. The idea of the interview was ‘sold’ to me as a ‘teaser’ for a Lightbox idea for a Netflix production,’ he said in the letter.© Provided by Evoke.ie Sophie Toscan du Plantier, a French film producer who was beaten to death outside her holiday home near Toormore, Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland. Pic: PA
He continued: ‘I explained at the time I was contractually bound to a Mr Jim Sheridan and his production Hellykits Ltd. I did sign a release form but only on basis the footage be used for a tease production.’
‘At no time did I agree to it being used in a finished documentary. Further release forms were required from the property owner Ms Catherine Thomas. The release was never signed,’ he wrote.
When contacted a spokesperson for Netflix said: ‘Lightbox’s legal team is satisfied that they have the relevant rights to use Ian Bailey’s interview in the series as he signed a comprehensive release form.’