The fascinating story of the fake German heiress Anna Sorokin, who adopted the alias of Anna Delvey and posed as a rich socialite to extort money from the New York City elite, has been on Netflix’s radar for a while.
It has been adapted by Shonda Rhimes and her production company, Shondaland, into the new Netflix series, Inventing Anna, that has already begun various conversations about the issue.
According to reports, the streaming service has paid the convicted scammer $320,000 for using her life story and adapting it into a series that details how she rose to fame by scamming the rich and powerful using a false identity.
A controversial figure and often seen as the anti-hero epitome of the American dream, Sorokin was arrested in 2017 for grand larceny charges and sentenced to prison in 2019. Out of the money she was paid by Netflix, she has only received $22,000 from the court since the rest have been allocated to other places, including $199,000 to restitution, $24,000 for state fines and $75,000 for attorney fees.
Recently, Sorokin vehemently voiced out her protest against the series that was being told via the eyes of a journalist and said that she would not be watching her life story be told by the streamer using a “fictionalised self”.
Starring Julia Garner and Anna Chlumsky, the nine-episode series has taken over the world by storm and is dominating the Top 10 charts on Netflix ever since its release.
Watch Inventing Anna on Netflix now.