Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder suspect Ian Bailey warns Netflix his lawyers will be closely watching new series

MURDER suspect Ian ­Bailey has warned Netflix his lawyers will be closely watching a new series he claims will portray him in the worst possible light.

The chief suspect in the unsolved murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier spoke out ahead of Sophie: A Murder in West Cork being released by the streamer on Wednesday.

Ian Bailey's lawyers will be watching the show

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Ian Bailey’s lawyers will be watching the showCredit: Alamy Live News
Sophie Toscan du Plantier died in 1996

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Sophie Toscan du Plantier died in 1996Credit: Rex Features
Sophie Toscan du Plantier's property in West Cork

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Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s property in West CorkCredit: AFP – Getty

Bailey, 64, accused the filmmakers responsible of profiting from his misery and continues to maintain his innocence after years of being suspected of the French woman’s 1996 killing in Schull, Co Cork.

He told the Irish Sun on Sunday: “A lot of people are making a huge amount of money out of my misery and predicament.

“I have suffered for 25 years, have lost my living, my partner and now I am losing my place to live.

‘WORST POSSIBLE LIGHT’

“This Netflix series will bring an enormous amount of focus to me in West Cork again and cast me in the worst possible light.”

The English poet — who recently split from long-time love Jules Thomas — has yet to see the new Netflix series but is ready to meet the makers in court if required.

Bailey warned: “I have a team of pro bono lawyers who will be watching the Netflix series very closely.” And the former journalist insists the series won’t have any impact on the support he has from the local Cork community, who believe he is innocent.

He insisted: “A lot of the people who are on the ‘he did it’ side ­cannot meet me eye to eye when I bump into them in the street, which is quite telling. But most people support me and I’m grateful.”

Bailey is already questioning whether Netflix have permission to use some of the footage they shot of him in West Cork over the May Bank Holiday given ex Jules Thomas refused to sign release forms as the landowner.

‘SIGNED RELEASE FORM’

He said: “I signed a release form but then I was handed another form for Jules to sign as they needed the permission of the landowner.

“Jules refused to sign it so she may have a case against the ­producers in the future.”

But the Netflix doc’s producer, Simon Chinn, denies this.
He told the Irish Sun on Sunday: “Ian’s claim is ridiculous. He signed a release form and our lawyers are more than happy that we have the rights that assigns the footage.

“It’s a non-issue and Ian is really clutching at straws.”

And Simon claims ­Bailey — who has called the series “self-serving demonising propaganda” — was given opportunities to give his side of the story.

But the TV producer says Ian couldn’t because he had signed an exclusive deal with Jim Sheridan for his five-part Sky doc ­Murder At The Cottage.

He said: “I did some filming with Ian right at the end and he wouldn’t talk about his story because he had signed an exclusive deal with Jim.
“If you do that you reap what you sow. It’s weird ­running down a ­production in which you were asked to appear in.”

BAILEY’S MISERY

Both the producer and director John Dower deny their Netflix series is profiting from Bailey’s misery.

They also denied its high-profile release had anything to do with his split from Jules or leaving him with no place to leave.

And John told us: “For Ian to hang his current predicament on us is a little distasteful.

“Remember Ian battered Jules black and blue, that’s a matter of record. One of the reasons that he might not have Jules anymore is because it wasn’t the greatest of relationships.

“Ian’s last book of poetry ­constantly refers to the case. It’s not like Ian Bailey is running away from this, in fact he has thrust himself into the spotlight time and time again. He keeps referring to himself as the chief suspect and seems to quite enjoy it.

“Once you do that, you can’t cry victim. There is only one victim in this case, Sophie Toscan du Planter.”

NETFLIX doc Sophie: A Murder in West Cork is released on June 30.

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