Former chess world champion Nona Gaprindashvili sued Netflix on Thursday for the distribution of false information about her, according to informs The Hollywod Reporter who had access to the complaint filed in the US court.
The accusation is related to the series ‘Lady’s Gambit’, in which in the final episode the commentator says that Nona Gaprindashvili is “a world champion among women and has never faced men”.
However, this sentence is false, which led to the lawsuit. In fact, by 1968, when the action of the episode takes place, the player had already competed against at least 59 male chess players, including 10 grandmasters, she said. “Netflix blatantly and deliberately lied about Gaprindashvili’s achievements for the cheap and cynical purpose of heightening the drama by making it believe that its protagonist had achieved what no other woman, including Gaprindashvili, had done,” the lawsuit reads. “The claim that Gaprindashvili ‘has never faced men’ is manifestly false, in addition to being grossly sexist and denigrating,” the text also states.
Likewise, Netflix described Gaprindashvili as a Russian chess player “despite knowing that she was Georgian.”
Now the ex-chess player claim at least $ 5 million for damages caused and wants them to remove the statement that she never played against men.
For its part, a Netflix spokesperson replied that the company respects “Ms. Gaprindashvili and her illustrious career” but “this lawsuit does not make any sense.” Also, the video on demand platform will “vigorously defend the case”
- The American television miniseries ‘Lady’s Gambit’ was launched at the end of last October by the Netflix platform and is about a young woman with extraordinary chess skills.
- Nona Gaprindashvili born in 1941 was the first woman to achieve the title of Grandmaster of chess and the fifth world champion in this discipline.