Indiewire gained access to a copy of an email that Lisa Friel, primary subject of HBO docmentary "Sex Crimes Unit," sent to a group of friends and colleagues Sunday afternoon. We've posted it in full below. [See related story, The Star of HBO Documentary “Sex Crimes Unit” Leaves Job As Questions Remain]
To All My Good Friends and Relatives from All Across the Country Who Are Worried About Me and My Kids,
Thank you all so very much for all your words of support and encouragement at this extremely difficult time for my children and me. I cannot begin to tell you how much your words have meant to me.
Contrary to the news reports, I did not resign, nor did I get fired, but I did announce to my Unit this past week that I was leaving for financial and other reasons; that I was looking for a job in the private sector and that I had discussed my decision with the higher ups in my Office and we had decided that for the good of the Unit, it would be best if I transitioned out of my position as Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit over the summer and then officially stepped down on September 1. That way, when I get a new job, I would not be leaving the Unit in the lurch. If I have not found a job by September 1, I will still be working at the DA's Office, just not as the Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit.
Unfortunately, although all of this had been in the making for some time, the timing of the announcement to the Unit caused the press to draw any number of inaccurate conclusions and indeed print again and again that I was either fired or resigned and, as I said above, neither is true. There are many other inaccurate things that have been printed in the papers ever since. I don't want to go into detail, but suffice it to say, don't believe everything you read. I cannot control the media, so I am sorry that so many of you read of my "firing" in the newspapers and you all worried, unnecessarily, about my children and me and what we would do for money until I found a new job. We are ok financially, although, as you can imagine, the inaccurate media reports have been very hard on all of us, but please don't worry about us. We will be fine. We have been through much harder times than this, as you all know. No one has died, no one has been diagnosed with cancer. We have a loving and supportive extended family and we all also have all of you, good, caring friends. In the great scheme of life, what more can you ask for?
I just want to end this email by thanking all of you again so very much for your incredibly kind words of support and encouragement. They have kept me going through this awful week.