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'Making a Murderer' directors address abuse allegations by Steven Avery's ex-fiancee

Jethro Nededog
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The filmmakers and Jodi Stachowski while shooting "Making a Murderer."

The filmmakers behind Netflix's popular "Making a Murderer" docuseries addressed recent allegations from Steven Avery's ex-fiancee that he abused her during their relationship and why that wasn't included on the show.

An ardent supporter of Avery's on "Making a Murder," Stachowski now says that she believes her former fiance is guilty of murdering Teresa Halbach, an Auto Trader magazine photographer last seen alive on the Avery property.

Reporters wondered why that information of the abuse wasn't included in the documentary.

"I can’t say why Jodi Stachowski is saying what she is in the media today," "Making a Murderer" director Moira Demos said during Sunday's Television Critics Association Press Tour. "What I can say is when we filmed with her nine years ago, this is what she was saying to us. And what’s in the series is an accurate portrayal of what she was saying and feeling at the time."

Having no knowledge of the accusations during filming, the directors claimed, they defended themselves against accusations they portrayed Avery in a good light.

"We showed Steven Avery, warts and all," director Laura Ricciardi said. "We showed all of his priors, and we included information to the extent we could accurately fact check it and we had multiple sources for it. Just because someone is coming forward now with a narrative, their interpretation of something doesn’t make it factual, doesn’t make it true."

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Steven Avery on trial.

The filmmakers made it clear that they went into the project more than a decade ago with the desire to examine the American judicial system.

"When we set out to make this series, we chose Steven Avery to be our main subject. And the reason we chose him was his unique status as an American who had been failed by the system in 1985 and repeatedly failed for another 18 years. What we were interested in was finding out how someone who had been wrongly imprisoned for 18 years and proclaimed his innocence that entire time could find himself back in the system two years later, charged in a new crime," Ricciardi explained.

On whether they believe that Avery is innocent, Demos said, "I think there are so many questions about the reliability of this prosecution, that it’s hard to rely on these verdicts."

Read more live coverage from the Television Critics Association press tour.

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