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Douglas Durst demands early look at HBO film about brother

Developer fears he won't be "properly represented" in upcoming documentary about convicted felon Robert

January 13, 2015 02:31PM

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From left: Robert Durst and Douglas Durst

The Durst Organization’s Douglas Durst is afraid that he’ll be portrayed in a negative light in an upcoming documentary about his estranged brother and convicted felon, Robert Durst. So much so, he’s demanding that HBO provide him an advance preview of the show.

The six-part series is scheduled to premiere on HBO on February 5. The documentary — titled “Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst”will examine Durst’s past, which includes his acquittal on charges that he dismembered an elderly neighbor in Galveston, Texas. The film will also recount the disappearance of Durst’s first wife.

A lawyer for Douglas, the chairman of the Durst Organization since 1994, sent a letter to Andrew Jarecki, the producer of the documentary, requesting to see the film before it airs, according to the New York Daily News. The documentary is based on more than 25 hours of interviews with Robert Durst.

“Given your track record of producing credibility-challenged projects, we respectfully request a screening of the full series of your upcoming HBO documentary ‘The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst’ for review prior to its airing so that we are assured our client is properly represented,” Douglas’ attorney Richard D. Emery wrote in the letter, cited by the newspaper. 

“Given your track record of producing credibility-challenged projects, we respectfully request a screening of the full series.”

An HBO spokesperson told the newspaper that “we’re confident this film will be fair and accurate, and it is not HBO’s practice to make copies of our films available to those who request them in advance of their premieres.” [NYDN] — Claire Moses

  • afdafda

    Can’t wait for this show!

    From the NYT article last week: “Douglas Durst, 70, has not seen it. Nor did he agree to be interviewed by the filmmakers, Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling, despite repeated entreaties. Nevertheless, he believes that the series will be rooted in an untrustworthy source.” — http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/02/nyregion/series-on-troubled-scion-of-durst-real-estate-family-has-critic-his-brother.html?_r=0

    Instead of outright dismissing it, he should have at least spoken with the directors

    • Zizz

      Why is anyone involved with this man still breathing and why is he still breathing.. One answer $$$$ buys lawyers without integrity.

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