Donald Trump Won’t Apologize To Central Park Five: "They’ve Admitted Their Guilt"

President Donald Trump And First Lady Melania Depart White House For Orlando Rally

President Donald Trump And First Lady Melania Depart White House For Orlando Rally

Netflix Inc. recently released a miniseries, "When They See Us", that has drawn fresh attention to the incident. Netflix recently self-reported that the Oprah Winfrey-produced series quickly became its most-watched original program in the USA since its premiere.

As the fallout mounts over the handling of the "Central Park 5" case, President Trump refused Tuesday to apologize for his actions at the time.

When asked today by White House correspondent April Ryan if he would apologize to the five men who were falsely accused of a brutal rape, but were later completely exonerated, Trump asked Ryan, "Why do you bring that question up now?" Unsurprisingly, he will not.

The president responded: "Why do you bring that question up now?"

When They See Us is particularly critical of both Fairstein and Trump, who is featured in news footage from 1989. "They admitted their guilt", Trump told Ryan. "We'll leave it at that", Trump said.

The five youths; Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise, were all coerced into giving false confessions by a prosecution spearheaded by Assistant District Attorney Linda Fairstein, before serving time behind bars for a crime they did not commit.

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He wrote in all caps: "Bring back the death penalty and bring back our police!"

In 1989, a woman was beaten, raped, and left for dead in New York's Central Park.

New York City reached a roughly $41-million United States settlement with the five without admitting wrongdoing.

They were imprisoned for between five and 13 years - but their convictions were ultimately overturned in 2002 after a serial violent offender named Matias Reyes confessed to the attack, and DNA tests confirmed his guilt.

Barry Scheck, a founder of the nonprofit Innocence Project who was part of a team of lawyers who worked with prosecutors to reinvestigate the Central Park Five case, called Trump's response disturbing.

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