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Sebold, who is white, went to the police. An officer said the man on the street must have been Broadwater, who had reportedly been seen in the area.

After Broadwater was arrested, Sebold failed to identify him in a police lineup and chose another man as her attacker because she was afraid of “the expression in his eyes”.

Anthony Broadwater (center) bursts into tears on November 22, 2021, when a New York judge overturned his 40-year rape sentence.

Anthony Broadwater (center) bursts into tears on November 22, 2021, when a New York judge overturned his 40-year rape sentence. Credit:AP

But prosecutors put Broadwater on trial anyway. He was convicted mainly based on the fact that Sebold identified him as her rapist at the witness stand and testified that microscopic hair analysis had bound him to the crime. That type of analysis has since been considered junk science by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Broadwater, who was released from prison in 1998, said last week that he cried “tears of joy and relief” after his sentence was overturned by a judge in Syracuse.

New York Times reported that Broadwater had never wavered from his claim that he was innocent, which had resulted in him being denied parole on several occasions. He had also taken two lie detector tests that had supported his version of events.

The publisher Simon & Schuster and its imprint Scribner said on Tuesday that they had stopped distributing Lucky in all formats and worked with the author to consider how it could be revised. Variety reported that the development of a film adaptation of Lucky has since been stopped.


Sebold, who has not previously commented on Broadwater’s release, said in his statement: “I am grateful that Mr Broadwater has finally been justified, but the fact is that 40 years ago he was another young black man brutalized by our “I’ll be sorry forever for what was done to him.”

Broadwater remained on New York’s sex offender list after being released from prison and working as a garbage man and handyman.

“It has taken me the last eight days to understand how this could have happened,” Sebold said, now 58. “I will continue to struggle with the role I subconsciously played in a system that sent an innocent man into “I will also struggle with the fact that my rapist will in all likelihood never be known, may have continued to rape other women and certainly will never serve the time in jail that Mr Broadwater did.”


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