A defamation lawsuit against the popular Netflix TV show The Queen's Gambit from Georgian chess champion Nona Gaprindashvili has finally come to a conclusion.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed that both sides stated they reached an undisclosed deal. The lawsuit came from a line in the show's finale, which saw a commentator saying about protagonist Beth Harmon, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, “The only unusual thing about her, really, is her sex. And even that’s not unique in Russia. There’s Nona Gaprindashvili, but she’s the female world champion and has never faced men.” Gaprindashvili described the notion that she “never faced men” as “manifestly false, as well as being grossly sexist and belittling,” adding that, in 1968, when the episode was set, she had faced off against at least 59 male chess players.
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