An actual-life topic in Netflix‘s mostly-true swindler collection, Inventing Anna, is suing the Shonda Rhimes present for defamation, alleging they took a couple of too many inventive liberties together with her character. Rachel Williams, a former Vanity Fair photograph editor who befriended — and was duped by — Anna Sorokin, filed a lawsuit towards the streamer in Delaware federal courtroom Monday, Deadline experiences.
Williams is claiming in her lawsuit that Netflix brought about injury to her repute by including faux particulars to her character, who’s performed by Katie Lowes. She alleges that Netflix “made a deliberate choice for dramatic functions” to make her character a “grasping, snobbish, disloyal, dishonest, cowardly, manipulative and opportunistic particular person,” per Deadline.
She’s asking for Netflix to edit out any defamatory content material linked to her character in Inventing Anna, however can be asking for “unspecified damages” and a jury trial, in accordance with Deadline. Williams claims the Netflix collection has brought about “extraordinary” hurt to her repute as a result of so many individuals have seen it.
“[A]s a results of Netflix’s false portrayal of her as a despicable particular person, she has been subjected to a torrent of on-line abuse which have brought about her private humiliation, misery, and anguish, in addition to damages to her earnings and/or potential earnings,” her lawsuit states.
Williams’ actual identify is utilized in Inventing Anna,
“Given the straightforward different of defending her by utilizing a fictional identify, the choice to make use of her actual identify evidences Netflix’s intent to hurt her repute, thereby justifying the imposition of punitive damages, particularly if Netflix made that call as a result of Williams had offered her rights to the rival Sorokin challenge being developed by HBO,” the lawsuit states, per Deadline.
Williams goes after Netflix months after Inventing Anna premiered on the streamer in February. The present stars Julia Garner as Sorokin, a lady posing as a Russian heiress who conned New York City’s wealthy and well-known together with her tall tales.
Inventing Anna is now streaming on Netflix.