Posted on December 1, 2021 at 7:48 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Author Alice Sebold has apologized — and shared it publicly — to the man exonerated in her 1981 rape.
Anthony Broadwater was convicted in 1982 of the assault, based on Sebold’s identification and a now-discredited method of analyzing hair.
He served sixteen years in prison, maintaining his innocence, and was formally exonerated November 22.
On Tuesday, she apologized to Broadwater, stating that she had only sought justice but realizes that an injustice was done as a result.
“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,” she wrote, according to the Associated Press.
Broadwater replied, in a statement released by his lawyers, that he was relieved by her apology.
“It must have taken a lot of courage for her to do that,” he said.
“It’s still painful to me because I was wrongfully convicted, but this will help me in my process to come to peace with what happened.”
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