and labeled the Syracuse man “innocent.”
According to Syracuse.com, prior to releasing her apology to the public on Tuesday (November 30), the best-selling author’s representatives sent a copy to Broadwater so he could be the first to read it.
“It comes sincerely from her heart,” Broadwater told the news outlet before bursting into tears. “She knowingly admits what happened. I accept her apology.”
In her apology, Sebold stated she put her faith as a “traumatized 18-year-old rape victim” in the American legal system. In 1999, she launched her career with the memoir Lucky, which described her rape in Syracuse’s Thornden Park and going through the criminal justice system that led to Broadwater’s 1982 conviction.