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In one email exchange, Sony chief executive Michael Lynton and his friend Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates discuss a request made by Affleck that his slave-owning ancestor not be included in an upcoming show called "Finding Your Roots," produced by the publicly funded PBS broadcaster.Ultimately, though, the show did not mention Affleck's slave-owning forebear and instead focused on other ancestors including a distant grandfather who was an occult enthusiast.CNN presenter Anderson Cooper is also featured in the documentary series. One of his ancestors was a multiple slave owner – and was beaten to death with a garden hoe by a slave, who in turn was hanged without trial.
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