American writer Alice Siebold has apologized to a man she wrongly accused of raping her, causing him to be imprisoned for 16 years before he was finally acquitted last week, according to “Russia Today”..
In a post on Medium, Alice Sebold wrote: “I want to say to Anthony Broadwater I’m so sorry for what I went through.“.
Anthony Broadwater, 61, spent 16 years behind bars after being convicted of raping Siebold in 1982, although he continued to plead his innocence. He was released from prison in 1998..
In her memoir “Lucky”, published in 1999, Siebold recounts that she was raped in 1981 on the campus of Syracuse University in New York State, where she was studying, and reported the assault to the police..
Five months later, Broadwater was arrested after Alice saw him passing by in a street and thought he was the culprit and alerted the police..
Siebold added, “I am especially sorry for the fact that the life you could have lived was unjustly stolen from you, and I know that no apology can change what happened to you.”“.
She continued, “I am grateful that Broadwater was eventually acquitted, but the point here is that 40 years ago it was another young black man who was harmed by our flawed judicial system.“.
The New York State Supreme Court acquitted Anthony Broadwater on November 23.
According to the New York Times, his lawyers, who have worked in recent years to prove his innocence, said the verdict was based solely on the fact that Sebold had said Broadwater was the attacker based on a criminal identification technology discredited today..