Georgian chess legend Nona Gaprindashvili is suing Netflix for $5 million. The Netflix show The Queen’s Gambit was based on Nona’s life and achievements as a professional chess player during the 1970s.
The now 80-year-old based the lawsuit on the TV show portraying her as sexist and belittling.
In the lawsuit filed in California, it says the show falsely suggested that the former female world champion never played competitive chess with men and states that Gaprindashvili competed against dozens of top male players, beating 28 of them, reports News24.
In their response, Netflix said that it has “only the utmost respect for Ms Gaprindashvili and her illustrious career, but we believe this claim has no merit and will vigorously defend the case”.
The Queen’s Gambit was a hit for streaming service Netflix. After its release, 62 million households had watched the miniseries in the first 28 days. It still owns the title for the “biggest limited scripted series ever”.
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