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28th Jun 2021

Ian Bailey threatens to sue Netflix over Sophie Toscan du Plantier documentary

He is not happy about the documentary.

Ian Bailey is threatening to sue Netflix over the Sophie Toscan du Plantier documentary coming to the streaming service on Wednesday.

Sophie: A Murder in West Cork is heading to Netflix this week, and murder suspect Ian is not happy about the broadcast.

This is the second documentary to air this month surrounding Sophie’s murder, with Murder At The Cottage airing on Sky.

Following the two documentaries, Ian Bailey, a man who has been investigated for the murder, has written a letter to Lightbox production company objecting to an interview conducted by Jennifer Forde, seen by the Irish Independent.

He said: “The idea of the interview was “sold” to me by Ms Forde as a “teaser” for a Lightbox idea for a Netflix Production.

“I explained at the time I was contractually bound to a Mr Jim Sheridan and his production Hellykits Ltd. I did sign a release form but only on basis the footage be used for a tease production.”

He went on to explain that he was under the impression that his involvement in the documentary was never fully agreed to, along with his ex Jules Thomas also never agreeing to allowing her property being used to film the interview.

“At no time did I agree to it being used in a finished documentary. Further release forms were required from the property owner Ms Catherine Thomas. The release was never signed.”


Saying he wrote to Lightbox’s London studios, he explained that he also never got a reply from them and now asks that the footage is taken out of the documentary.

He then went on to say that if it wasn’t removed, the production company will be aware of any potential consequences that will follow if they fail to do so.

The Netflix series looks into the death of Sophie Toscan du Planier in Cork on December 23 1996, with Ian Bailey remainign a suspecting for decades.

Bailey was convicted by a French court in 2019 but in 2020 it was decided by the Irish High Court that he could not be surrendered to France to serve his sentence.