Officials from Süreç Film, the production company that produced the new series “Uçurum,” on Wednesday apologized in a written statement to both Serter and the public for the incident that came about when the surname of the character appeared in the press release as “Serter” rather than “Sertaç” due to an editorial mistake, even though the mistake did not appear in the actual broadcast.
“Uçurum,” which deals with the story of two sisters who come from Russia to Turkey to work and are forced into prostitution, features a character named “Nur” who is involved in women trafficking. CHP deputy Serter reportedly discovered the character shared her name while she was reading a supplement of the Sabah daily. She immediately filed a complaint with RTÜK, saying the use of both her first and last names in the series could not be accidental.
RTÜK launched an investigation into the incident and established that the name Nur appears in the series, but the surname Serter is not mentioned.
The incident drew heavy criticism from various people, including ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Deputy Chairman Ömer Çelik and CHP parliamentary group deputy chairman Akif Hamzaçebi, who condemned the incident and demanded that an apology be made.