The controversial case has been thrown back into the spotlight 30 years later, thanks to Ava DuVernay's eye-opening Netflix miniseries "When They See Us", which King described as "a total game-changer."
"I watched it, it made me so angry, it made me so sad," she said.
"I'll tell you this: I really thought I knew this story, because I remember it very, very well. And Ava showed us you can't always believe what you see, you can't always believe what you hear."
"I'm still thinking about it. I've watched all four parts and I'm still thinking about it," she added. "We have some work to do. We have a lot of work to do."
The miniseries, created, co-written and directed by DuVernay, follows the infamous case of the Central Park Jogger, one of the most widely publicized crimes of the '80s, in which a white female jogger named Trisha Meili was brutally attacked and raped, and left in a coma.
Five juvenile males – four African American and one Hispanic — were arrested and convicted of the rape and attempted murder — despite the DNA evidence matching none of them — based solely on confessions they later said were coerced and false.
The 72-year-old, who went on to become a successful sex crimes author, has faced calls for her novels to be boycotted, and was even forced to step down from several nonprofit boards in the wake of the controversy.
"I do not want to become a lightning rod to inflict damage on this organization, because of those now attacking my record of fighting for social justice for more than 45 years," she wrote in her resignation letter to the Safe Horizon victims-services agency, according to the New York Post.
She said the series "depicts me, in a fictionalized version of events, in a grossly and maliciously inaccurate manner", adding she was "sorry that the staff declined to meet with me to learn the truths behind the inflammatory and false narrative."
She also lashed out at those calling for boycotts of the organizations she'd worked with. "It's so foolish of the bullies to punish the charities. Totally pig-headed and stupid."
DuVernay meanwhile revealed to The Daily Beast that Farstein had attempted to "negotiate" her way into a position of having script approval.