The former best friend of fake heiress and convicted scammer Anna Sorokin blasted Netflix over its upcoming series about Sorokin’s exploits, saying the streaming service is ‘effectively running a con woman’s P.R. — and putting money in her pocket.’
Rachel DeLoache Williams, a former Vanity fair photo editor who was friends with Sorokin when she was ‘Anna Delvey,’ alleges Sorokin scammed her out of $62,000 for a lavish Morocco trip.
Posing as a German heiress with a $67 million trust fund back in Europe named Anna Delvey, Sorokin scammed banks and New York’s downtown socialite scene out of thousands of dollars while living in Manhattan between 2013 to 2017.
Now, her former best friend and alleged victim of Sorokin’s scams is watching the fraudster become a star once again in the Netflix series Inventing Anna.
‘Despite my personal objections, I can understand the series’s appeal…’ Williams wrote in an essay for AirlMail published Friday.
‘For Anna and Netflix alike, attention is stock-in-trade. Consider that whatever scruples audiences may have with Inventing Anna, whether they celebrate or scrutinize its dubious depictions, any controversy that ensues 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’ alleges she scammed her out of $62,000 for a lavish Morocco trip
Anna Sorokin, 31, penned an open letter from 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 skipped out on exorbitant restaurant and hotel bills, and put her best friend in an awkward position putting $62,000 — more than she made in a year — on their credit card to cover her expenses
‘Inventing Anna,’ produced by Shonda Rhimes, is set to release on 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 Shonda Rhimes-produced series, premieres next week on Netflix.
Williams’s essay comes after Sorokin penned an open letter last week from her COVID isolation while in ICE custody whining about feeling like an afterthought, not being able to watch the Netflix series on her life and admitting she made ‘questionable choices.’
Sorokin skipped out on exorbitant restaurant and hotel bills, and in Williams’ case, put her in an awkward position putting $62,000 — more than she made in a year — on their credit card to cover her expenses.
In April of 2019, Sorokin was convicted of four counts of theft services, three counts of grand larceny, and one count of attempted grand larceny. She was sentenced to a minimum of four years in prison, but was out in February of 2021.
The Russian born criminal was convicted of scamming New York banks and socialites out of thousand claiming to a German heiress named Anna Delvey
She was released from jai in February 2021 but soon taken into custody by ICE for overstaying her visa and faces being deported back to Germany
She was then arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement on March 25 after she overstayed her visa. She faces deportation back to Germany but was still in ICE custody at an Orange County Jail in upstate New York.
In the letter published by Insider, Sorokin laments about being held behind bars after being ruled ‘a continuous danger to the community’ and insist that she was fully and legally self-sufficient after being released in 2021.
The 31-year-old notes that she paid off her criminal restitution and ‘accomplished more in the six weeks they deemed were long enough for me to remain free than some people have in the last two years’ although she does not specify how.
Sorokin also notes that she is appealing her criminal conviction in an attempt to clear her name. ‘I did not break a single one of New York state’s or ICE’s parole rules,’ she adamantly states.
She mocks the immigration judge’s ruling that ‘even if released from detention and ordered to report regularly to ICE, the respondent would have the ability and inclination to continue to commit fraudulent and dishonest acts’ and claim that she ‘failed to demonstrate remorse.’
Sorokin also complains about having to be put in ‘medical isolation’ for contracting COVID ‘even though there’s nothing medical about it.’
The Russian born criminal also complains about her inability to watch ‘Inventing Anna,’ the upcoming Netflix series centered around her scandal starring Julia Garner as the scam artist.
Sorokin claims that she could ‘pull some 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 for the show to be a conclusion of sorts, summing up and closing of a long chapter that had come to an end,’ she writes while sitting behind bars yet again.
She notes the nearly four years of phone conversations and in-person visits she participated in with the ‘Inventing Anna’ creators and actors but complains that the show is being told from a journalist’s perspective.
‘While I’m curious to see how they interpreted all the research and materials provided, I can’t help but feel like an afterthought, the somber irony of being confined to a cell at yet another horrid correctional facility lost between the lines, the history repeating itself.’
The 31-year-old complains about her inability to watch ‘Inventing Anna,’ the upcoming Netflix series centered around her scandal starring Julia Garner as the scam artist
She notes feeling like an ‘afterthought’ as the show is being told from a journalist’s perspective
Sorokin admits that she made ‘questionable choices’ calling herself an ‘unreliable narrator’
Sorokin, played by Julia Garner (pictured), said that thinking through her years spent behind bars she also strangely brags how she was considered ‘not a regular white girl, like the rest of them here’
‘What you won’t see in the Netflix show is my newly acquired habit,’ she says noting how she ‘methodically’ bites the skin around her nails ‘until the nailbeds slowly fill with blood from both sides, collect at the tip, which I then squeeze until there’s enough to drip down the sink.’
Thinking through her years spent behind bars she also strangely brags how she was considered ‘not a regular white girl, like the rest of them here.’
In the midst of her complaining she admits: ‘I, the ultimate unreliable narrator, have made some questionable choices that I wouldn’t necessarily repeat today.’
But quickly follows her second of remorse questioning whether she deserves to be deemed a permanent threat noting that other more violent criminals have been released. ‘It makes no sense for me to still be here,’ she insists.
The whining convicted criminal ends her open-letter rattling off a series questions:
‘Will I forever be judged by my early-to-mid-twenties? Is there anything else I could possibly have done to close this chapter? Will I forever be stuck in a past not entirely of my creation without getting a chance to move on? How many years of reflecting on an overdrawn bank account are socially acceptable before one is allowed to open another one? How many ancient VHS tapes does one have to watch before one’s considered reformed?’