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Sep 10, 12:33 PM EDT

DA agrees to hearing on evidence in NY abuse case portrayed in 'Capturing the Friedmans'

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MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -- Prosecutors have agreed to an evidence hearing in a 1980s sex abuse case that was the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary.

The Nassau County district attorney's office said Wednesday it's confident Jesse Friedman's conviction will be upheld.

His lawyers say witnesses were coached to lie. The hearing has not yet been scheduled.

The case was the topic of the film "Capturing the Friedmans."

Friedman and his father pleaded guilty in 1988 to abusing 13 children taking computer classes at their Great Neck home. Friedman later said he accepted the deal to avoid a life sentence. He was released from prison in 2001 and has fought to clear his name since.

Friedman is also suing District Attorney Kathleen Rice for defamation. Her spokesman calls the lawsuit meritless.

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