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Rachel Williams, Anna Delvey’s ex-friend, sues Netflix for how they portray her in the series Inventing Anna

The series based on real events, Inventing Annaabout the scammer Anna Sorokin -also known as Anna Delvey- generated a new legal battle against Netflix, the platform responsible for the fiction.

Rachel DeLoache Williams, who is played by actress Katie Lowes on the seriesfiled a defamation lawsuit against Netflix on Monday for its representation in Inventing Anna as published by the magazine People.

“This action will show that Netflix made a deliberate decision for dramatic purposes. to show Williams doing or saying things in the series that portray her as greedy, snobbish, disloyal, dishonest, cowardly, manipulative, and opportunisticreads the lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court of Delaware.

The real Anna Sorokin is played by Julia Garner, best known for her work on "Ozark."

The real Anna Sorokin is played by Julia Garner, best known for her work on “Ozark.”

Williams’ attorney, Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, told People: “The reason we had to file the case is because Netflix used Rachel’s real name and bio details, and made her seem like a horrible personwhich is not true.” For its part, Netflix has so far not commented on the case.

the story in Vanity Fair

Williams, 34, wrote about her experience with Sorokin, 31, in 2018 for the magazine Vanity Fairwhere she worked as a photo editor when the fake German heiress allegedly tricked her into incurring about $62,000 in debt on her corporate credit card during a trip to Morocco.

Later he wrote the book My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiresspublished by Simon & Schuster in 2019, in addition to signing a contract with HBO about his story, which was to be produced by Lena Dunham.

Anna Sorokin, during her trial in May 2019 in New York.  AFP Photo

Anna Sorokin, during her trial in May 2019 in New York. AFP Photo

Basically, the lawsuit refutes the way she was portrayed in the Netflix series, including negative comments about Sorokin’s friend, Neff Davis (played by alexis floyd ), the free use of Sorokin (Julia Garner)Sorokin’s abandonment in Morocco when he was in trouble.

“Actually, she never did or said those things. Therefore, this action is based firmly on statements of fact that are demonstrably false and on the attribution of statements that she never made,” the complaint says.

And deepens: arguing that she was depicted as “a vile and despicable person”leading to “a torrent of online abuse, negative in-person interactions, and pejorative characterizations” directed at Williams.

The complaint references quotes from Lowes, 39, and series creator Shonda Rhimes, which appear to support the argument that they intentionally created fictional elements of the character to enhance the plot.

"The catastrophic damage to Williams

“The catastrophic damage to Williams’s reputation was entirely preventable,” the suit says.

He also argues that his character’s identity was not altered or hidden, assuming that the choice was in retaliation for selling his story to HBO. “The catastrophic damage to Williams’ reputation was completely avoidable”says the lawsuit.

“Netflix gave fictitious names to many of the real-life protagonists in the Sorokin saga who appear in the series, but did not give Williams the same protection. Instead, he used his real name and personal details (such as his employer and neighborhood) in the series and cast an actress who resembled her in many ways.

Real name, fictitious name

“Given the easy alternative of protecting her by using a fictitious name, the decision to use her real name is evidence of Netflix’s intention to damage its reputation, which justifies the imposition of punitive damages, especially if Netflix made that decision because Williams had sold his rights to Sorokin’s rival project developed by HBO.“, keep going.

Sorokin was found guilty on eight counts in 2019.including attempted grand theft in the first degree, grand theft in the second degree, grand theft in the third degree, and theft of services, after stealing over $200,000 from New York’s elite and attempting to swindle millions more from their friends and banks.

Although she was sentenced to between four and 12 years in prison and a $24,000 fine, plus $198,956 in restitution, Sorokin was released for good behavior two years after her sentence and is currently in an ICE detention center while his attorney tries to appeal his deportation. .

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