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Rachel DeLoache Williams sues Netflix above ‘dishonest’ portrayal in ‘Inventing Anna’

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KNOXVILLE — Rachel DeLoache Williams has filed a lawsuit towards Netflix, alleging the streaming large defamed her in its dramatized collection “Inventing Anna.”

Williams claims in the go well with the genuine-crime series drastically misrepresented her in its telling the story of serial con artist Anna Sorokin.

Knoxville indigenous Rachel DeLoache Williams wrote “My Buddy Anna: The Legitimate Story of a Faux Heiress.”

Williams, a former Vanity Fair photo editor, printed an short article about her time with Sorokin as effectively as a book called “My Pal Anna,” selling the option rights to HBO.

Netflix’s version of the tale is dependent off a Could 2018 New York journal short article instead, and the network compensated Sorokin for the legal rights to her story, in accordance to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Knoxville native Rachel DeLoache Williams wrote "My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress."

Knoxville native Rachel DeLoache Williams wrote “My Good friend Anna: The Genuine Tale of a Faux Heiress.”

“Netflix made a deliberate decision for dramatic applications to show Williams carrying out or saying points in the series which portray her as a greedy, snobbish, disloyal, dishonest, cowardly, manipulative and opportunistic individual,” Williams’ attorneys wrote in the suit, filed in Delaware federal court on Monday.

The match alleges defamation and wrong gentle invasion of privateness and demands actual and presumed damages, as effectively as punitive damages, but does not inquire for a specific amount. It also requests an injunction so Netflix doesn’t make any make defamatory statements, and the removing of the statements from the sequence.

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The suit enumerates multiple instances in which Williams is falsely portrayed, which include critical scenes in which she sponges off Sorokin and then abandons her in Morocco.

“In truth, she never did or mentioned these matters,” the match continues. “As a outcome of Netflix’s wrong portrayal of her as a vile and contemptible human being, Williams was subjected to a torrent of online abuse (and) negative in-particular person interactions.”

Rachel (Katie Lowes) in a scene from "Inventing Anna."

Rachel (Katie Lowes) in a scene from “Inventing Anna.”

The “catastrophic hurt” to Williams’ reputation was totally avoidable and the creators of the Netflix exhibit could have invented a fictional character to offer a villain, Williams’ lawyers argue.

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The defamatory statements in the sequence were being produced by Netflix with “genuine malice, defined as expertise of falsity or reckless disregard for fact or falsity,” the fit alleges.

Usa Nowadays reached out to Netflix for a assertion Wednesday morning.

This write-up initially appeared on Knoxville Information Sentinel: Rachel DeLoache Williams sues Netflix for ‘Inventing Anna’ portrayal

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