January27 , 2022

US Author Alice Sebold’s Apology To Black Man Cleared Of Her Rape After 16 Years



Alice Sebold is the creator of the best-selling novel “The Lovely Bones”.


Alice Sebold, creator of the best-selling novel “The Lovely Bones,” on Tuesday apologized to a Black man who spent 16 years in jail for her 1981 rape, solely to see his conviction overturned final week.

“I want to say that I am truly sorry to Anthony Broadwater and I deeply regret what you have been through,” stated Sebold, whose breakthrough ebook “Lucky” described her traumatic assault at age 18.

“I am sorry most of all for the fact that the life you could have led was unjustly robbed from you, and I know that no apology can change what happened to you and never will,” Sebold, now 58, stated in a press release.

Broadwater, 61, had all the time maintained his innocence however was convicted in 1982 of the rape and spent 16 years behind bars.

Shortly after his launch, “Lucky” got here out in 1999, a memoir wherein Sebold described the brutal assault she suffered as a first-year scholar at Syracuse University in New York state.

Sebold — whose bestseller “The Lovely Bones” additionally handled the problem of sexual assault — stated she was “grateful that Mr Broadwater has finally been vindicated.”

But, she added, “the fact remains that 40 years ago, he became another young Black man brutalized by our flawed legal system. I will forever be sorry for what was done to him.”

Five months after Sebold reported the rape to the police, Broadwater was arrested after she handed him on the road and recognized him because the potential attacker, US media stated.

She failed to choose him out of a police lineup, however Broadwater was tried anyway and convicted largely primarily based on her account and hair evaluation later discovered to be flawed.

“My goal in 1982 was justice — not to perpetuate injustice. And certainly not to forever, and irreparably, alter a young man’s life by the very crime that had altered mine,” Sebold wrote.

Broadwater’s conviction was overturned final week in New York after a re-examination of the case discovered critical flaws within the prosecution on the time.

In her message to Broadwater, Sebold stated: “I hope most of all that you and your family will be granted the time and privacy to heal.”

Broadwater has spoken out publicly of the stigma and isolation he suffered as a registered intercourse offender for nearly 4 a long time.

“On my two hands, I can count the people that allowed me to grace their homes and dinners, and I don’t get past 10,” he informed The New York Times. “That’s very traumatic to me.”

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