Nona Gaprindashvili, the world’s first female grandmaster, has sued Netflix for $5 million in defamation. According to a Los Angeles judge, the suit will proceed.
In September, the Georgian chess master filed a lawsuit alleging that a line from the “The Queen’s Gambit” series, in which a character incorrectly states that she has “never faced men,” is “grossly sexist and belittling.”
Nona had faced dozens of male competitors by 1968, the year in which the wildly popular limited series “The Queen’s Gambit” is primarily set.
The streaming service had previously attempted to dismiss the defamation suit, claiming that the series is a work of fiction.
However, federal judge Virginia Phillips denied their motion on Thursday, stating that “the fact that the series was a fictional work does not insulate Netflix from liability for defamation if all of the elements of defamation are otherwise present.”