WeWork’s infamous founder got HBO Max to tweak a documentary about him

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Adam Newman is back, and he’s going after his haters (with lawyers)

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Months after HBO Max original documentary generation bustle On the service debuted, a team representing WeWork co-founder Adam Newman says the streamer changed some language in an episode that mapped the startup’s rise and spectacular demise.


In a press release sent to an employee ledge Earlier this week, defamation lawyers Thomas A Claire — who represents the now known tequila enthusiast and reported aspiring to be immortal — announced that HBO Max has released a . changed parts of generation bustle The episode, titled “Cult of WeWork”, as well as its description on the HBO Max site.

Previously, the show’s description said it combined “true-crime capers with fresh, dazzling tales of charismatic fakes” and “colorful fraudsters,” according to one version of the site. wayback machine. The characterization of the series as “true crime” and the above description of its themes have both been removed.

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The service also changed the language in the final card shown in the episode, specifying that while Newman is being investigated, “no criminal or regulatory charges have been filed.” Episodes now also include the language that WeWork is preparing to go public. While the language and shows and details in the cards have been updated, a spokesperson for HBO Max told ledge There was no change in that episode itself. time limit previously reported on changes.

Newman’s attorney, Claire, said in a statement, “HBO did the right thing here by promptly withdrawing these false implications about the history of Adam and WeWork, and we commend the network for taking these responsible steps.” “The media has repeatedly gotten the Adam story wrong, and we hope these responsible steps by a reputable outlet will help put an end to the misogyny of Adam’s successful role in building a transformative business.”

HBO Max spokesperson told ledge Claire’s confluence of changes with HBO instead of HBO Max was wrong. The company had no further comment to share on Wednesday.

when asked by ledge As for why the edits were announced nearly six months after the show premiered in April, a spokesperson for Newman’s team said the changes were made “over the past few days.” According to the spokesperson, Newman retained his defamation lawyer on January 14, 2021.

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