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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Netflix for ’13 Reasons Why’

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A judge dismissed a suit filed by a father claiming that Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” contributed towards his daughter’s suicide.
“13 Reasons Why”, a four-season series, told the story about a teenage suicide victim.
The show is accused of glorifying suicide. A graphic suicide scene was previously removed from the show.

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A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit against

Netflix

The father of the girl claimed that 13 Reasons Why was to blame for his daughter’s suicide attempt in April 2017 at the age of 15.

John Herndon, a Californian from Livermore, claimed that his daughter Bella died as a result the tortious acts of Netflix. 

The lawsuit claimed Netflix, the company that developed and distributed 13 Reasons Why, failed to adequately warn viewers about it and that its algorithms targeted vulnerable child and “manipulate” them.[d]They were forced to watch content that was extremely harmful to them.”

Herndon filed the suit as a class action lawsuit, alleging that his daughter, and others in her situation, were tortiously harmed. Netflix targeted children viewers and their adult guardians. They were not informed that the show could lead to suicide or suicidal thoughts.

Netflix filed a December response seeking to dismiss the lawsuit. The

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In court filings, giant stated that programming restrictions would lead to self-censorship.

According to The Hollywood Reporter: “This is a terrible case.” “But ultimately, it doesn’t survive,” I think. 

Per the media outlet, she said that she based her decision on free speech protections.

The four-season drama focused on Hannah Baker’s suicide and the effects it had on her friends and family.

“13 Reasons Why,” which glorified suicide, was often criticized. A 2019 study revealed that teenage suicides increased in the months following the series’ release.  

The show’s premiere season ended with a disturbing three-minute scene that depicted Hannah’s suicide. It was later removed from the streaming service in 2019. 

“On the advice of medical experts, including Dr. Christine Moutier, Chief Medical officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we’ve decided with creator Brian Yorkey and the producers of  ’13 Reasons Why’ to edit the scene in which Hannah takes her own life from Season 1,” the show said in a tweet. 

Insider reached out to Netflix for comment but they did not immediately respond. The Hollywood Reporter was not able to get a comment from Netflix.

 

 

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