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Netflix settles The Queen's Gambit defamation suit with chess grandmaster Nona Gaprindashvili

End: Netflix has ended a nearly year-long legal battle over their hit miniseries The Queen's Gambit

Netflix Settles The Queen’s Gambit Libel Lawsuit With Chess Grandmaster Nona Gaprindashvili

Netflix has ended a nearly year-long legal battle over their hit miniseries The Queen’s Gambit.

The streaming service was sued in mid-September 2021 by Nona Gaprindashvili – the first woman to be named a chess “grandmaster” in 1978.

She was seeking $5 million in the defamation lawsuit, which was settled on Tuesday, according to Variety.

End: Netflix has ended a nearly year-long legal battle over their hit miniseries The Queen's Gambit

End: Netflix has ended a nearly year-long legal battle over their hit miniseries The Queen’s Gambit

Grandmaster: The streaming service was sued in mid-September 2021 by Nona Gaprindashvili - the first woman to be named

Grandmaster: The streaming service was sued in mid-September 2021 by Nona Gaprindashvili – the first woman to be named a chess “grandmaster” in 1978

No details about the terms of the settlement have been released, although attorneys for both parties have confirmed the settlement.

“The parties are pleased that the case has been resolved,” said attorney Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, who represented Gaprindashvili.

“We’re glad the issue has been resolved,” a Netflix spokesperson added in a brief statement.

Spokesperson:

Spokesperson: “We are delighted the matter has been resolved,” a Netflix spokesperson added in a brief statement.

Gaprindashvili was mentioned in the latest episode of The Queen’s Gambit, which follows the fictional chess exploits of Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy).

The final episode shows Harmon defeating a male competitor at a tournament in Moscow, with a commentator stating that his opponent underestimated her.

“The only unusual thing about her, really, is her gender. And even that’s not unique to Russia. There’s Nona Gaprindashvili, but she’s the women’s world champion and has never faced men said the announcer.

Beth: Gaprindashvili was mentioned in the latest episode of The Queen's Gambit, which follows the fictional chess exploits of Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy)

Beth: Gaprindashvili was mentioned in the latest episode of The Queen’s Gambit, which follows the fictional chess exploits of Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy)

Unusual: “The only thing unusual about her, really, is her gender.  And even this is not unique to Russia.  There's Nona Gaprindashvili, but she's the women's world champion and has never faced men,” the announcer said.

Unusual: “The only thing unusual about her, really, is her gender. And even this is not unique to Russia. There’s Nona Gaprindashvili, but she’s the women’s world champion and has never faced men,” the announcer said.

However, in reality, Gaprindashvili had actually faced 59 male contestants in 1968, the year the series premiered.

The lawsuit she filed last September said the announcer’s line on the show was “patently untrue, in addition to being grossly sexist and derogatory”.

Netflix called for the lawsuit to be dismissed, saying the show’s creators had permission to change things under the First Amendment.

Contestants: However, in reality, Gaprindashvili had actually faced 59 male contestants in 1968, the year the series premiered

Contestants: However, in reality, Gaprindashvili had actually faced 59 male contestants in 1968, the year the series premiered

However, U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips disagreed, finding Gaprindashvili made a plausible argument that she had been defamed, in a January ruling.

“Netflix does not cite, and the Court is not aware of, any cases barring defamation suits for depictions of real people in otherwise fictional works,” the judge wrote.

“The fact that the series is a fictional work does not absolve Netflix of liability for defamation if all elements of defamation are otherwise present,” Phillips added.

Defamed: However, U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips disagreed, finding Gaprindashvili made a plausible argument that she had been defamed, in a January ruling

Defamed: However, U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips disagreed, finding Gaprindashvili made a plausible argument that she had been defamed, in a January ruling

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