Netflix Sued by Subjects of ‘Afflicted’ Docuseries, Accused of Defamation and Fraud

Seven people who appeared in the 2018 Netflix docuseries “Afflicted” have sued the streaming service and the show’s producers for defamation, false-light invasion of privacy, unjust enrichment and fraud over the way they were depicted on screen.

The seven-episode series, which debuted on Netflix in August 2018, follows the stories of people suffering from and attempting to treat chronic illnesses; among the subjects were Jamison Hill, Pilar Olave, Jill Edelstein and Bekah Dinnerstein.

But in court papers filed Wednesday in Los Angeles, Hill, Olave, Edelstein and Dinnerstein — joined by Dinnerstein’s brother Nicholas Dinnerstein and her partner Jesse Bercowetz, and Edelstein’s partner Janine Feczko — said they were “duped” into participating.

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In the filing, the plaintiffs say they thought the show would be “a serious documentary” that would spread awareness of their conditions.

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