Georgian chess legend Nona Gaprindashvili has filed a USD 5 million defamation go well with in opposition to Netflix, saying her depiction within the hit TV present ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ was “sexist and belittling”. A duplicate of the lawsuit filed Thursday with a California court docket accuses Netflix of distorting Gaprindashvili’s achievements within the fictional sequence. It says the present falsely steered that the previous feminine world champion by no means performed aggressive chess with males, and states that Gaprindashvili, now 80, competed in opposition to dozens of high male gamers, beating 28 of them.
“Netflix overtly and intentionally lied about Gaprindashvili’s achievements,” the lawsuit says.
“The allegation that Gaprindashvili ‘has by no means confronted males’ is manifestly false, in addition to being grossly sexist and belittling,” reads the lawsuit.
“Piling on further insult to damage, Netflix described Gaprindashvili as Russian, regardless of understanding that she was Georgian.”
Netflix mentioned in an announcement that it has “solely the utmost respect for Ms Gaprindashvili and her illustrious profession, however we consider this declare has no benefit and can vigorously defend the case.”
Born in 1941 in Georgia’s western city of Zugdidi, Gaprindashvili has performed chess since she was 13.
She gained the feminine World Championship aged 20 and defended her title efficiently 4 occasions, earlier than shedding her crown to a different Georgian, 17-year-old Maia Chiburdanidze, in 1978.
That very same yr she grew to become the primary girl to be awarded the title of grandmaster by FIDE.
Netflix says “The Queen’s Gambit” has turn out to be its “largest restricted scripted sequence ever” with 62 million households watching the miniseries in its first 28 days.
As of July 2021, the California-headquartered streaming service supplier had 209 million subscribers.
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