Gypsy Rose Blanchard's stepmother says Gypsy and their family may sue Hulu over "The Act," the miniseries chronicling the murder of Gypsy's mother, who had Munchausen by proxy. The Blanchard family cooperated with co-creator Michelle Dean, who also wrote the Buzzfeed article the show is based on, with the promise of being given financial assistance for Gypsy when she is released from prison.
Gypsy's stepmother says Dean stopped all contact with the family during show development, and Dean has since blocked her on social media after she reached out. The family also sent a certified letter to Hulu offices, which was returned unopened. The Blanchards have called all media adaptations of the case thus far inaccurate, with Gypsy's stepmother adding "They don't care who they're hurting in the process."
Franchesca Macelli, a screenwriter that the Blanchards are working with to develop a rival TV drama, dubbed "By Proxy," says she is the only one with the life rights to write about Gypsy's story. She says she is also working with the Godejohns, family of Gypsy's ex-boyfriend Nicholas Godejohn, who murdered Gypsy's mother.
In a statement, Gypsy wrote in part: "I feel it is very unfair and unprofessional that producers and co-producer Michelle Dean has used my actual name and story without my consent, and the life rights to do so. Therefore, there will be legal action taken against the show's creators. I want to share my story and bring awareness about Munchausen by proxy, in the hopes that I can encourage those who might be experiencing abuse to speak up."