Inventing Anna: Real-life Rachel Williams condemns ‘dangerous half-truths’

Journalist Rachel DeLoache Williams criticized Invented Anna because it obscures fact and fiction.

The new one Netflix series, released on Friday (February 11), chronicles the rise and fall of swindler Anna Sorokin, led by Ozark star Julia Garner.

Invented Anna tells the true story of Sorokin, a twenty-something year old socialite who is convicted of fraud and petty theft after she defrauds her friends and major banks hundreds of thousands of dollars by posing as a wealthy heiress under the surname Delvey.

The Williams character first appeared in episode six of the series, played by Katie Lowes, as the show continued to document a catastrophic vacation that real-life Williams spent with Sorokin in 2017.

Williams used to be a photojournalist at Vanity Fair when she begins her friendship with Sorokin.

The journalist detailed her Marrakesh trip in a 2018 article for Vanity Fair titled “My Flamboyant Adventures with a Magician in Manhattan” and in the 2019 book, My friend Anna. Rights to Williams’ story were acquired by HBO with Girls star Lena Dunham attached to the project.

Williams, who was not involved in the Netflix production and who herself was scammed by Sorokin for $62,000, told Vanity Fair in a new interview: “I think promoting this whole story and glorifying a sociopath, narcissistic criminal, has been proven wrong.”

She added: “Having been in the front row for so long, I’ve been researching how a scammer works more than anyone needs to. You watch the spectacle, but you don’t pay attention to what’s being sold in the market. “

Katie Lowes Plays Williams in ‘Inventing Anna’

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Williams also argues that the Netflix series blurs fact and fiction in a disturbing way. “This story is completely true, except for all the parts that are not,” reads the disclaimer on the show.

“I think it’s worth discovering where half-truths are more dangerous than lies,” Williams said. That disclaimer gives the show enough credibility that people can trust it [the fictional elements] easier. I think it’s really dangerous territory.

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“Plus, it affects real-time criminal-judicial proceedings.”

She said that the story was “designed to create empathy for a character who lacked it” and called the entire project “very problematic”.

Williams said of his own experience: “This was the hardest thing I’ve been through – betrayal as much as money. Betrayed by someone I trusted – and betrayed in a huge way.

“Her entire identity is a complete spoof. That really puts you in a jumble of memories, looking back trying to find all the signs you missed. ”

You can read more about what exactly is fact and what is fiction in Invented Anna this.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/inventing-anna-rachel-williams-fact-fiction-b2020804.html Inventing Anna: Real-life Rachel Williams condemns ‘dangerous half-truths’

Tom Vazquez

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