May 22, 2022 3:41 am

Lady’s Gambit: Netflix will have to face the millionaire lawsuit for “defamation and sexism” filed by a legendary Soviet chess player

Netflix will have to face a lawsuit against you for alleged “defamation and sexism” filed by legendary Georgian chess player Nona Gaprindashvili. The former Soviet champion claims that the miniseries queen’s gambit misrepresents his career.

A Los Angeles judge determined that the claim for five million dollars presented by the chess teacher was legitimate, so the judicial process will continue.

Gaprindashvili, 80, alleged in court last September that a scene in the series, in which a character claims that she “never faced men” throughout her career, is “extremely sexist and demeaning.”. The expert player exposes that this is false since she came to be measured against dozens of male competitors in 1968, the year in which the popular fiction starring the American actress Anya Taylor-Joy is temporarily set.

Following the filing of the lawsuit in mid-2020, Netflix requested that it be dismissed based on the fact that the story follows a purely fictional character. However, federal judge Virginia A. Phillips ruled that the platform remains responsible for what is mentioned on the screen about real chess players.

Queen’s Gambit Trailer – Source: Netflix

“The Court is not aware of any case that excludes libel claims for references to real persons in fictional works,” he writes. Phillips in the documentation to which he had access Variety. “The fact that the series is a fictional work does not relieve Netflix of liability for defamation if all the elements of alleged defamation are present.”He remarks.

Gaprindashvili even considers the context of the line referring to her in the story to be used to elevate the status of Taylor-Joy’s character, Beth Harmon. In the lawsuit, the chess legend claims that he faced 58 men in different games that year.

An average viewer could easily interpret the line as disparaging the plaintiff’s achievements and carrying the stigma that women wear a badge of inferiority that the fictional American woman Harmon, but not the plaintiff, could overcome.”, values ​​the judge. “At a minimum, the line disdains achievements critical to the plaintiff’s reputation,” it adds.

“Netflix tries to give the impression that it was referring to objective facts, but the plaintiff sufficiently argues the falsehood because the line in question is reasonably susceptible to an interpretation that implies a demonstrably false statement,” Phillips concludes.

In consecuense, Netflix must respond judicially to this new turn in the case. However, in the dismissal document that it filed months ago after receiving the lawsuit, the platform alleged that the reference to the plaintiff in the series “was intended to recognize her, not to denigrate her.”

Through a statement released by US media, the streaming giant then stated that the company had “the greatest respect for Mrs. Gaprindashvili and her illustrious career.” However, he considered that his claim had “no merit” and warned that he would “vigorously defend the case.”

Nona Gaprindashvili, filed a $5 million defamation lawsuit against

Nona Gaprindashvili played for the former Soviet Union in the Women’s Chess Olympiads from the early 1960s until the collapse of the communist bloc in 1991, at which point she won 11 team and nine individual gold medals. The athlete also successfully competed in several men’s tournaments. Her performance at the Lone Pine tournament in 1977 made her the first woman to play at a high enough level to win the title of International Grandmaster, which was awarded to her by FIDE in 1978. She reached the podium at the Women’s World Championship five times and another five in the Soviet Women’s Chess Championship.

queen’s gambit It is based on a 1983 novel of the same name. The text tells the story of an American woman who in the 1950s and 1960s managed to become world champion in chess, a sport dominated by men at the time.

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