The former best friend of fake heiress and convicted con artist Anna Sorokin has lambasted Netflix over its upcoming series about Sorokin’s exploits, saying the streaming service “handles a crook’s PR effectively — and puts some effort into it.” ‘money in his pocket’.
Rachel DeLoache Williams, a former Vanity Fair photo editor who was friends with Sorokin when she was “Anna Delvey,” claims Sorokin cheated her out of $62,000 for a lavish trip to Morocco.
Posing as a German heiress with a $67 million trust fund in Europe named Anna Delvey, Sorokin ripped off the banks and downtown New York socialite out of thousands of dollars while living in Manhattan. between 2013 and 2017.
Now her former best friend and alleged victim of Sorokin scams is watching the fraudster become a star again in the Netflix series Inventing Anna.
“Despite my personal objections, I can relate to the appeal of the series…” Williams wrote in an essay for AirlMail published on Friday.
“For Anna as for Netflix, attention is essential. Consider that whatever qualms audiences may have with Inventing Anna, whether they celebrate or scrutinize its questionable depictions, any ensuing controversy is sure to attract an even wider audience.
Rachel DeLoache Williams, a former Vanity Fair photo editor, was friends with Sorokin when she was ‘Anna Delvey’, claims she swindled her out of $62,000 for a lavish trip to Morocco
Anna Sorokin, 31, wrote an open letter of her COVID isolation while in ICE custody, complaining about being back behind bars and missing the premiere of her Netflix biopic
Sorokin, is played by Julia Garner (pictured) in Netflix’s upcoming Inventing Anna. The fake heiress jumped on sky-high restaurant and hotel bills and put her best friend in an awkward position by putting $62,000 – more than she earned in a year – on her credit card to cover expenses .
“Inventing Anna,” produced by Shonda Rhimes, is set to hit Netflix next week. The 10-episode series stars “Ozark” actress Julia Garner as Sorokin. Williams is played by “Scandal” actress Katie Lowes
The 10-episode series produced by Shonda Rhimes will premiere next week on Netflix.
Williams’ essay comes after Sorokin penned an open letter last week of her COVID isolation while in ICE custody, complaining about feeling like an afterthought, not being able to watch the Netflix series about her life and to admit that she made “questionable choices”.
Sorokin jumped on sky-high restaurant and hotel bills and, in Williams’ case, put her in a tricky position by putting $62,000 – more than she earned in a year – on her credit card to cover his expenses.
In April 2019, Sorokin was convicted of four counts of robbery services, three counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery. She was sentenced to a minimum of four years in prison, but was released in February 2021.
The Russian-born criminal was found guilty of defrauding banks and New York socialites out of a thousand suitors to a German heiress named Anna Delvey
She was jai released in February 2021 but was quickly taken into ICE custody for overstaying her visa and facing deportation to Germany.
She was later arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement on March 25 after overstaying her visa. She faces deportation to Germany, but was still being held by ICE in an Orange County jail in upstate New York.
In the letter published by Insider, Sorokin laments being held behind bars after being deemed “a continuing danger to the community” and insists she was fully and legally self-sufficient following her release in 2021.
The 31-year-old notes that she paid her criminal restitution and “accomplished more in the six weeks they felt was long enough for me to stay free than some people in the past two years”, though it does not specify how.
Sorokin also notes that she is appealing her criminal conviction in an effort to clear her name. “I didn’t break any New York State or ICE parole rules,” she states flatly.
She mocks the immigration judge’s ruling that “even if released and ordered to report regularly to ICE, respondent would have the ability and inclination to continue committing fraudulent and dishonest acts and claims she “didn’t show remorse.”
Sorokin also complains that he had to be put in “medical isolation” for contracting COVID “even though there is nothing medical about it.”
The Russian-born criminal is also complaining about her inability to watch ‘Inventing Anna’, the upcoming Netflix series centered on her scandal starring Julia Garner as the con artist.
Sorokin claims she could “pull a few strings and make it happen”, but brushes it off, saying “nothing about seeing a fictionalized version of myself in this criminal-insane asylum setting sounds appealing to me”.
“I imagined the show would be a kind of conclusion, summing up and closing a long chapter that had ended,” she wrote as she sat behind bars again.
She notes the nearly four years of phone conversations and in-person visits she’s had with the creators and cast of “Inventing Anna,” but complains that the show is told from a journalist’s perspective.
“While I’m curious to see how they interpreted all the research and documentation provided, I can’t help but feel like an afterthought, the dark irony of being confined to a cell of another horrible correctional facility lost between the lines, history repeats itself.
The 31-year-old complains about her inability to watch ‘Inventing Anna’, the upcoming Netflix series centered on her scandal starring Julia Garner as the crook
She notes that it feels like an ‘afterthought’ as the show is told from a reporter’s perspective
Sorokin admits she made ‘questionable choices’ as she calls herself an ‘unreliable narrator’
Sorokin, played by Julia Garner (pictured), said that looking back on her years behind bars, she also strangely brags about being seen as ‘not a regular white girl, like the others here’
“What you won’t see on the Netflix show is my new habit,” she says, noting how she “methodically” bites down on the skin around her nails “until the nails slowly fill with blood on both sides, pooling at the tip, which I then squeeze until there is enough to run down the sink.
Looking back on her years behind bars, she also oddly brags about being considered “not your ordinary white girl, like the others here.”
Amid her complaints, she admits, “I, the ultimate unreliable narrator, made some questionable choices that I wouldn’t necessarily repeat today.”
But quickly follows her second remorse wondering if she deserves to be considered a permanent threat by noting that other, more violent criminals have been released. “It makes no sense for me to still be here,” she insists.
The condemned whiny criminal ends her open letter with a series of questions:
‘Will I still be judged by my twenty-five years? Is there anything else I could have done to close this chapter? Will I forever be stuck in a past that isn’t entirely of my making without a chance to move on? How many years of thinking about an overdrawn bank account are socially acceptable before being allowed to open another? How many old VHS tapes must one watch before being considered reformed? »