Netflix hit with libel lawsuit and false light invasion of privacy for its portrayal of former Vanity Fair photo editor and Anna Sorokin collaborator Rachel Williams In the series invent Anna.
This action will show that Netflix has made a deliberate decision for dramatic purposes to allow Williams to see or say things in the series that portray her as a greedy, snobbish, disloyal, dishonest, cowardly, manipulative and opportunistic person. . the complaintfiled in federal court of Delaware.
The show has the funny disclaimer: “This story is completely true. Except for the parts that are completely made up.” Well, Williams argues that almost everything Katie Lowes puts in invent Anna is made up, from the fidgeting nature of her friendship with Sorokin to how the two’s relationship ended. In the series, it is implied in many scenes that Williams is a freeloader who was only friends with Sorokin because of her alleged wealth.
The lawsuit — in which Netflix will only name the defendant and not the show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes — is seeking unspecified damages, a jury trial and an injunction to have the material edited with Williams from the invent Anna. It should be noted that in addition to Sorokin (who was paid by Netflix for the rights to her story), Williams de only significant character in the series based on a real person.
“The extent of damage to Williams caused by Netflix’s defamation has been extraordinary, regardless of the plausible measure,” the complaint continues. The series has been watched by millions of people around the world and as a result of Netflix’s false portrayal of her as a despicable person, she has been subjected to a torrent of online abuse that has caused her personal humiliation, distress, and fear, as well as harm. to its earnings and/or potential earnings.”
Williams’ representative, Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, points to an interview with executive producer Rhimes as evidence of the alleged deliberate defamation.
“We wanted to know what we made up,” Rhimes said on Inventing Anna: The Official Podcast back in March. “We didn’t just want to make things up. We wanted to intentionally fictionalize moments rather than accidentally fictionalize them.”
In another interview of The Hollywood ReporterRhimes said, “There were also things that we invented because it had to be invented to really make the story sing and be what it should be.”
Katie Lowes, who played Williams on the series, previously said: “[The Rachel character is] a people pleaser. She is young, naive and had a privileged life. I don’t think this is necessarily true for Rachel Williams in real life; I think this goes for the character that Shonda wrote and what Shonda needed for the character for the show.”
In addition, while the Netflix series is based on Jessica Pressler’s New York Magazine article “How One Aspiring ‘It’ Girl Fooled New York’s Revelers,” Williams wrote her own piece for Vanity Fair and published the book My Friend Anna: The True Story of a False Heiress. Williams later signed a deal with HBO for the rights to her works.
“The reason we have had to file this lawsuit is because Netflix has used Rachel’s real name and biographical information and portrayed her as a horrible person, which she is not,” Rufus-Isaacs said in a statement. Deadline. “The devastating damage to its reputation could have been avoided if Netflix had used a fictitious name and other details. Why didn’t they do this for her when they did for so many other characters in the series? Perhaps the reason she chose to play for the other team was HBO.”
In a statement to THRWilliams says, “Netflix has purposely used my real name and real aspects of my life to create a totally false and defamatory characterization of me. The truth matters and portraying real people requires real accountability. I’m filing this lawsuit to hold Netflix accountable for its willful recklessness.”