Rob Bertsche Quoted in WGBH Discussing the Legal Challenges Facing Those Aggrieved by the Film ‘Spotlight’

In the Press · November 24, 2015

Consider the contradictions posed by a movie that’s based on a true story. The events are presented as real, yet they are compressed and exaggerated for dramatic effect. Recently four people in the film Spotlight claim they were portrayed falsely and that the film has tarnished their reputations.

Our First Amendment attorney Robert Bertsche stated “These are hard cases, emotionally and legally. If they pressed their claims in court, those who claim they are injured by their portrayal in this film would have to prove that the depiction of them was not protected opinion, and not based on facts that are substantially true. Thirteen years later, that will be an immensely difficult task.”

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