The three-part series comes to Netflix on Wednesday.
Ian Bailey, infamous Cork figure, has said his “pro bono” lawyers will be closely watching Netflix’s upcoming documentary series Sophie: A Murder in West Cork.
The Independent has reported that Bailey has written to the producers of the series, which will be uploaded to Netflix on July 30th, requesting that they remove an interview with him from the show.
The 64-year-old United Kingdom citizen, who has lived in Schull since the early 90s, has claimed that he never agreed to give an interview for a finished documentary. However, the production company has issued a statement to say: “Lightbox’s legal team is satisfied that they have the relevant rights to use Ian Bailey’s interview in the series as he signed a comprehensive release form.”
Bailey’s move follows a similar incident that occurred last week, following the release of Sky’s Jim Sheridan-helmed series, A Murder At The Cottage. Sky agreed to remove interviews featuring Sophie’s family members from the series, as they accused the series of giving credence to “conspiracy theories” regarding the death of Ms. Toscan du Plantier.
Sheridan’s series focused closely on Bailey, giving the former journalist plenty of airtime, and even featuring scenes wherein Sheridan relays the details of Bailey’s French trial to him over the phone in real-time.
While Bailey has never been charged with the crime in Ireland, he was found guilty in absentia of murdering du Plantier by a French court. Ireland’s High Court has since refused to extradite him.
Bailey appears to have emerged on Twitter earlier this month, the establishment of his account coinciding with the release of these two high-profile documentary series.