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The Bobster
02-16-2016, 05:43 PM

Bernie Madoff says miniseries about his life is full of lies, just like the real thing
By David K. Li
February 16, 2016 | 5:19pm

Richard Dreyfuss (right) starring as Bernie Madoff (left) in ABC's "Madoff." Photo: Getty Images (2)

​Turns out Bernie isn’t crazy about “Madoff.”

Bernie Madoff, the world’s most notorious Ponzi schemer — who is serving a 150-year federal prison sentence — panned an ABC miniseries about his crooked life, calling it “fiction” and “absurd.”

The disgraced ​77-year-old ​money man, who​ will spend the rest of his life behind bars for orchestrating ​a decades-long, $20 billion Ponzi scheme ​that destroyed the lives of thousands of investors, took umbrage at ​the two-part ​“Madoff,” which aired earlier this month and featured Richard Dreyfuss in the lead role and Blythe Danner as his wife Ruth.

“I’m sure it is fruitless to enumerate the numerous fiction and absurd mischaracterization in the ABC movie,” he wrote in an e-mail to NBC ​News ​from his ​prison, the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina

“However I have never been one to turn the other cheek. I will just cover those incidents that have drawn queries.

Among his other beefs:

•“I have NEVER slapped my son Mark,” wrote Madoff.

•He insisted that his wife Ruth was never “an officer” in his sham firm.

•“My brother was improperly characterized as pathetic soul,” he wrote of Peter Madoff, who is serving 10 years behind bars. “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.”

•Madoff claimed he never had an affair the CFO of a Jewish charity as portrayed in the movie and instead called her a “stalker.”

•He disagreed with the movie’s portrayal of his parents, as shamed by financial ruin: “In fact they were highly regarded in our community. My father was the president of the temple.”

Remarkably, he had no problems with Dreyfuss’ work and didn’t sidestep his monstrous financial acts.

“Yes I made a disasterous (sic) business mistake that caused unforgiveable ​(sic) ​pain to my family, friends and clients, and will continue to do everything in my power to recover their lost investment principal,” he wrote.