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'Narcissistic,' Anna Sorokin And Rachel Williams Argue Over 'Inventing Anna' Depiction
Anna Sorokin, who pretended to be an heiress named Anna Delvey, has accused Rachel Williams of "shamelessly" exploiting their past friendship.
Swindler Anna Sorokin and her former friend Rachel Williams have been spatting after the release of “Inventing Anna,” a new Netflix series about Sorokin’s life and crimes.
Sorokin took to Instagram on Monday to share a seven-part statement accusing Williams of "shamelessly" exploiting their former friendship, Newsweek reports.
"I've been silent about this for years,” Sorokin wrote. “However, over [the] past two weeks watching Rachel stubbornly refuse to move on from her contrived trauma, ever brazen and unchecked, while going on every show that will have her, I thought- now I have to. And if I have to I will.”
The comments come after Williams wrote an essay for AirMail earlier this month, in which she called her fromer pal a “fraudster.” She also called “Inventing Anna” a “dangerous” distortion in a recent interview with Vanity Fair. She even denounced "Inventing Anna" for having "a narrative designed to create empathy" for Sorokin, "a character who lacks" it.
"I think promoting this whole narrative and celebrating a sociopathic, narcissistic, proven criminal is wrong," she said.
Both pieces came after the release of Netflix’s new drama series “Inventing Anna,” which stars Julia Garner as Sorokin, who served four years for masquerading as a German heiress named Anna Delvey between 2013 and 2017.
During Sorokin’s 2019 trial, a jury convicted her of six counts of felony fraud including second-degree larceny, theft of services and one count of first-degree attempted grand larceny. She was found not guilty of a larceny charge involving Williams, her ex-friend and former Vanity Fair photo editor. After writing a popular 2018 Vanity Fair story, alleging she was duped by the fake heiress, Williams got a book deal with Simon & Schuster to write the 2019 book “My Friend Anna.” That became the basis for an upcoming HBO project, which appears to have been put on hold.
On Monday, Sorokin accused Williams of "attempt[ing] to sell her white woman tears... while continuing to shamelessly exploit her connection to me.
She also referenced the HBO project.
"It's not my fault HBO dropped Rachel after deciding she was boring and bland and that her book turned out to be garbage, or so I've heard," Sorokin wrote.
"And while I can understand her being upset at the fact that I've already accomplished more from the various jails and prisons than Rachel in her entire sheltered life of privilege, she won't be getting away with this blatant hypocrisy on my watch. Wherever I happen to be at."
Williams told Newsweek through a representative that she has “no interest in feuding, but, with regard to Anna's allegations on Instagram, I'll leave the fiction-making to Anna and stick with the facts. Anna has proven herself to be a con artist and pathological liar."