Anna Delvey’s Former Friend Sues Netflix Over Portrayal


| LAST UPDATE 09/02/2022

By Abby Wall
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The ex-Vanity Fair journalist, Rachel DeLoache Williams, and former friend of Anna Delvey, who was conned out of thousands by the fake heiress, has decided to sue Netflix over their portrayal of her in the series Inventing Anna. This is not the first time Williams has spoken out about her character's portrayal in the hit Netflix show, making her opinions real clear the first time. Williams released a blog post stating the streamer produced a "warped" story "in a sensationalized narrative that's holding onto reality by a thread," basically calling out Rhimes and the rest of the team for the show.

Fast forward a few months, and the former Vanity Fair journalist has taken matters in her own hands and filed a defamation suit against Netflix, claiming the streaming service knowingly portrayed her in a bad light. "This action will show that Netflix made a deliberate decision for dramatic purposes to show Williams doing or saying things in the series which portray her as a greedy, snobbish, disloyal, dishonest, cowardly, manipulative and opportunistic person," the suit reads, per DailyMail. 

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Williams claimed she was shown to audiences as a "vile and contemptible person," which all led to a "torrent of online abuse, negative in-person interactions and pejorative characterizations targeting" the journalist. However, Sorokin took to her Instagram to announce she would testify on behalf of Netflix's portrayal of the journalist. Owch. For those that didn't catch the iconic series, Williams was good friends with the fake heiress, enjoying the lavish luxuries that were provided to her before finding out her friend was, in fact, broke.

According to the lawsuit, Williams "never did or said those things" that the show recounted, which portrayed her as the "greedy" friend, and well, she is ready to set the record straight. In addition, she claims that the series creator, Shonda Rhimes altered Williams' character to enhance the show, despite how it would make the journalist appear. In an interview with the Inventing Anna creator, Rhimes said, "We wanted to intentionally be fictionalizing moments versus accidentally be fictionalizing them," so take with that what you will. And according to William's lawyers, the "catastrophic damage" to her reputation was "completely avoidable" with the rise of the show. So let's see how this one plays out...

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