Central Park 5 Give Jharrel Jerome Standing Ovation After Emmys Win

Lifting one another up. Jharrel Jerome had the assist of the exonerated Central Park 5 and his When They See Us solid when he gained for Excellent Lead Actor in a Restricted Sequence or Film on the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 22.  

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Jerome, 21, gained for his portrayal of Korey Clever, certainly one of 5 juvenile males of colour who have been wrongly convicted within the 1989 Central Park jogger case. In his acceptance speech, Jerome devoted his Emmy to the 5 males — Clever, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana — who have been seen on digital camera cheering, saluting and giving a standing ovation to the actor from the viewers.

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Jharrel Jerome accepts the award for excellent lead actor in a restricted collection or film for “When They See Us” on the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards. Phil McCarten/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

“Most significantly, that is for the boys we all know because the Exonerated 5,” Jerome stated. 

The Central Park jogger case investigated the assault and rape of Trisha Meili, a girl who was attacked whereas jogging in New York Metropolis’s Central Park on April 19, 1989. The case led to the wrongful convictions of Clever, Richardson, McCray, Salaam and Santana, who have been all below 18 on the time of their convictions. As a result of Clever was 16 years previous and categorized as an grownup on the time of his sentencing, he was despatched to an grownup jail on Rikers Island in New York Metropolis, whereas the remainder of the 5 served time in a juvenile facility. 

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Antron McCray, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Korey Clever and Yusef Salaam, of the Central Park 5, arrive on the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards, on the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

In 2001, a person named Matias Reyes confessed to the rape and assault of Meili. New York state subsequently withdrew all costs towards the Central Park 5, who had completed their sentences on the time of Reyes’ confession, and eliminated them from the intercourse offender registry. The boys filed a lawsuit towards New York Metropolis in 2003 for wrongful conviction and have been awarded a settlement in 2014.

When They See Us, a four-episode miniseries on Netflix, follows the exonerated Central Park 5 as youngsters and adults. Jerome performed Clever at each ages. The present was nominated for seven awards on the 2019 Primetime Emmys, together with Excellent Restricted Sequence and Excellent Directing for a Restricted Sequence, Film, or Dramatic Particular for creator Ava DuVernay

In an interview with Us Weekly on the 2019 Emmy Performers Nominee Reception on Friday, September 20, Jerome opened up about what When They See Us meant to him. 

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“It was a really, very emotional expertise and really exhausting to get by way of,” he stated. “However simply to be right here tonight, I imply, for the remainder of the weekend, and to see them, it’s going to be unbelievable.” 

With reporting by Marisa Sullivan

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