Bernie Madoff objected to his portrayal in ABC’s recent miniseries as an “absurd mischaracterization” in an email to NBC News on Tuesday.
“I’m sure it is fruitless to enumerate the numerous fiction and absurd mischaracterization (sic) in the ABC movie,” he wrote. “However I have never been one to turn the other cheek. I will just cover those incidents that have drawn queries.”
Among his objections to the series were that he never slapped his son Mark, who later committed suicide, and that his wife, Ruth, was never an officer of the company.
“My brother was improperly characterized as pathetic soul,” he wrote. “In reality, Peter was a brilliant and important leader of our market making and proprietary division. His outstanding creation of our technology platform was the envy of Wall Street.”
The 77-year-old, who plead guilty in 2009 to running a Ponzi scheme and stealing $17.5 billion from investors, closed his message by admitting that he made a “disastrous business mistake that caused unforgiveable [sic] pain to my family, friends and clients.”
“[I] will continue to do everything in my power to recover their lost investment principle,” he wrote.
ABC did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
Madoff is serving his sentence of 150 years at a medium-security federal prison near Butner, N.C.
Read his full email below:
Bernie Madoff emailed NBC News to refute some things in recent TV movie, ‘Madoff’. Doesn’t sound happy. Likes CAPS. pic.twitter.com/C3f3m1MqR8
– Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 16, 2016