WeWork’s notorious founder bought HBO Max to tweak a documentary about him

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Months after HBO Max authentic docuseries Era Hustle debuted on the service, a group representing WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann says the streamer has modified some language in an episode that mapped the startup’s rise and spectacular demise.

In a press launch despatched to a staffer at The Verge earlier this week, defamation legal professional Thomas A. Clare — who now represents the identified tequila fanatic and reported aspiring immortal — introduced that HBO Max had altered elements of a Era Hustle episode, titled “Cult of WeWork,” in addition to its description on the HBO Max web site.

Beforehand, the present’s description mentioned it mixed “true-crime capers with contemporary, shiny tales of charismatic fakes” and “colourful imposters,” in response to a model of the location archived on Wayback Machine. Each the characterization of the collection as “true crime” and the aforementioned description of its topics have since been eliminated.

The service additionally modified language in the long run playing cards proven within the episode by specifying that whereas Neumann is being investigated, “no prison or regulatory costs have been filed.” The episode additionally now consists of language that WeWork is getting ready to go public. Whereas the language within the playing cards and the present’s and outline have been up to date, a spokesperson for the HBO Max advised The Verge that no alterations had been made to the episode itself. Deadline earlier reported on the adjustments.

“HBO did the appropriate factor right here by promptly retracting these false implications about Adam and the historical past of WeWork, and we applaud the community for taking these accountable steps,” Clare, Neumann’s legal professional, mentioned in an announcement. “The media has repeatedly gotten the story of Adam improper, and we hope these accountable steps by a good outlet will assist put an finish to the mischaracterizations of Adam’s profitable position in making a transformational enterprise.”

An HBO Max spokesperson advised The Verge that Clare’s conflation of the adjustments with HBO — reasonably than HBO Max — was incorrect. The corporate had no additional remark to share on Wednesday.

When requested by The Verge why the edits have been introduced practically six months after the present’s premiere in April, a spokesperson for Neumann’s group mentioned that the adjustments have been made “in the previous few days.” Neumann retained his defamation counsel on January 14th of 2021, in response to the spokesperson.

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