The Lovely Bones author Alice Sebold apologises to man cleared of her rape – BBC News

American author Alice Sebold has apologised for her part in the wrongful conviction of a man who was cleared last week of raping her in 1981.

In her memoir Lucky, she described being raped and later telling police she had seen a black man in the street whom she believed was her attacker.

Anthony Broadwater was arrested and convicted, spending 16 years in prison.

A statement from Mr Broadwater, released via his lawyers, said he was “relieved that she has apologised”.

In Ms Sebold’s apology statement, she said: “I am sorry most of all for the fact that the life you could have led was unjustly robbed from you, and I know that no apology can change what happened to you and never will.”

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