Months after HBO Max authentic docuseries Generation Hustle debuted on the service, a group representing WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann says the streamer has modified some language in an episode that mapped the startup’s rise and spectacular demise.
In a press launch despatched to a staffer at The Verge earlier this week, defamation lawyer Thomas A. Clare — who now represents the identified tequila fanatic and reported aspiring immortal — introduced that HBO Max had altered components of a Generation Hustle episode, titled “Cult of WeWork,” in addition to its description on the HBO Max website.
Previously, the present’s description stated it mixed “true-crime capers with fresh, glossy stories of charismatic fakes” and “colorful imposters,” according to a model of the positioning archived on Wayback Machine. Both the characterization of the sequence as “true crime” and the aforementioned description of its topics have since been eliminated.
The service additionally modified language in the long run playing cards proven within the episode by specifying that whereas Neumann is being investigated, “no criminal or regulatory charges have been filed.” The episode additionally now contains language that WeWork is making ready to go public. While the language within the playing cards and the present’s and outline have been up to date, a spokesperson for the HBO Max informed The Verge that no alterations had been made to the episode itself. Deadline earlier reported on the adjustments.
“HBO did the right thing here by promptly retracting these false implications about Adam and the history of WeWork, and we applaud the network for taking these responsible steps,” Clare, Neumann’s lawyer, stated in a press release. “The media has repeatedly gotten the story of Adam wrong, and we hope these responsible steps by a reputable outlet will help put an end to the mischaracterizations of Adam’s successful role in creating a transformational business.”
An HBO Max spokesperson informed The Verge that Clare’s conflation of the adjustments with HBO — moderately than HBO Max — was incorrect. The firm had no additional remark to share on Wednesday.
When requested by The Verge why the edits have been introduced almost six months after the present’s premiere in April, a spokesperson for Neumann’s group stated that the adjustments have been made “in the last few days.” Neumann retained his defamation counsel on January 14th of 2021, according to the spokesperson.