Rich dad sues Netflix for including him in a documentary about college admission scam

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A private equity manager has filed a defamation lawsuit against Netflix over their new documentary on the college admissions scandal

John B. Wilson, 61, has been charged with filing a false tax return, money laundering and bribery federal programs in connection with the scandal, which came to light in March 2019 following a widespread FBI investigation.

The probe – known as Operation Varsity Blues – resulted in charges against 53 wealthy parents of college applicants. They were accused of paying William Rick Singer to raise entrance exam scores and bribe college officials at elite universities.

Last month, Netflix released a full-length documentary about the investigation entitled ‘Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal’.

Wilson is mentioned in the movie, and it also includes a reenactment of his arrest.

The Boston businessman is accused of paying Singer $ 220,000 to help his son get admitted to the University of Southern California as a water polo player. He is also accused of paying Singer $ 1.5 million to help his twin daughters access Harvard and Stanford respectively.

In 2019, Wilson was charged along with other wealthy parents, including Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, both of whom have already been in prison.

However, Wilson pleaded not guilty to his charges, saying his three children were admitted to elite colleges on their own.

He is currently awaiting trial and filed the defamation lawsuit against Netflix in a Massachusetts court on Tuesday.

John B. Wilson, 61, has been charged with filing a false tax return, money laundering and bribery federal programs in connection with the scandal, which came to light in March 2019 following a widespread FBI investigation.  He is pictured arriving at court with his wife Leslie in April 2019

John B. Wilson, 61, has been charged with filing a false tax return, money laundering and bribery federal programs in connection with the scandal, which came to light in March 2019 following a widespread FBI investigation. He is pictured arriving at court with his wife Leslie in April 2019

Wilson is mentioned in the movie, and it also includes a reenactment of his arrest (pictured)

Wilson is mentioned in the movie, and it also includes a reenactment of his arrest (pictured)

Wilson is mentioned in the movie, and it also includes a reenactment of his arrest (pictured)

Netflix released the feature-length documentary to its subscribers last month

Netflix released the feature-length documentary to its subscribers last month

Netflix released the feature-length documentary to its subscribers last month

“ The Wilson family has been the victim of multiple cases of unfair and inaccurate reporting, ” read the lawsuit – which was obtained by Business insider – stated.

In recent days, however, they have had to endure the ultimate destruction of their reputation in the eyes of more than 200 million Netflix worldwide subscribers.

The Wilsons made it clear to defendants that Mr. Wilson’s son was a genuine and talented water polo player who was part of the United States Olympic development program, [and] that his daughters had 99th percentile test scores based on tests they took themselves. ‘

However, Wilson does not deny that he paid money to Singer, who he said was a “ very reputable admissions advisor. ”

Wilson says the thought that the money he paid Singer is classified as “legitimate donations, to aid in (but not guarantee) the admission of his highly qualified children to their favorite universities.”

William Rick Singer has been cited as the mastermind of the college admissions scandal.  Wealthy parents reportedly paid him millions to raise their children's entrance exam scores and bribe college officials from elite universities.

William Rick Singer has been cited as the mastermind of the college admissions scandal.  Wealthy parents reportedly paid him millions to raise their children's entrance exam scores and bribe college officials at elite universities.

William Rick Singer has been cited as the mastermind of the college admissions scandal. Wealthy parents reportedly paid him millions to raise their children’s entrance exam scores and bribe college officials at elite universities.

The Netflix documentary features reenactments of alleged events.  Actor Matthew Modine is pictured above as a singer in the movie

The Netflix documentary features reenactments of alleged events.  Actor Matthew Modine is pictured above as a singer in the movie

The Netflix documentary features reenactments of alleged events. Actor Matthew Modine is pictured above as a singer in the movie

In 2019, Wilson was charged along with other wealthy parents, including Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, both of whom have already been in prison.  Loughlin is pictured

In 2019, Wilson was charged along with other wealthy parents, including Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, both of whom have already been in prison.  Loughlin is pictured

Huffman is pictured

Huffman is pictured

In 2019, Wilson was charged along with other wealthy parents, including Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, both of whom have already been in prison.

Wilson’s attorney, Howard Cooper, told me Bloomberg that his client has passed a polygraph test, proving his innocence.

He even provided such evidence to Netflix before they released their movie.

Cooper says that Wilson’s inclusion in the documentary “ gives the false and defamatory impression that the Wilsons engage in behaviors that others have pleaded guilty to, such as having a non-athletic child attend college as an athlete, falsify their athletics and have others take entrance tests for their children. ‘

It’s unclear how much money Wilson is claiming in damages from the streaming service.

The wealthy businessman founded equity firm Hyannis Port Capital and is a former director at both Staples Inc. as Bain & Co.

It is unclear how much money Wilson is claiming in damages from the streaming service about the film

It is unclear how much money Wilson is claiming in damages from the streaming service about the film

It is unclear how much money Wilson is claiming in damages from the streaming service about the film