Netflix Sued For Defamation Over Real-Life Inventing Anna Character – Deadline


Not for the first time, Netflix is ​​facing legal action for adding fictional properties to a real person in one of its dramas. In this case of slander and false light invasion of privacy, the drama in question is: invent Annaand the real person is ex-Vanity Fair photo editor Rachel Williams, played in Katie Lowes’ Emmy-nominated Shonda Rhimes-produced miniseries.

This move 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. complaint (read it here) filed Monday in Delaware federal court.

“The defamatory statements are defamatory in that they tend to expose her to public contempt, ridicule, distaste or disgrace, or to provoke a bad opinion of her, and they are defamatory per se because their meaning is clear without recourse. is out of the face of the series. to any other source,” adds the document from the firm of Rufus-Isaacs Acland & Grantham LLP of Beverly Hills and Farnan LLP of Wilmington.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and a jury trial, as well as an order to have the allegedly defamatory material relating to Williams edited from the invent Anna, which premiered on Netflix on February 11. Besides Julia Garner as fake heiress and convicted con man Anna “Delvey” Sorokin, Lowes’ Williams is the only significant real and accurately named person in the Rhimes-created hit. That naming is a real pain point for the plaintiff, who previously sold the rights to her own share of the high society scam to HBO.

“The extent of the damage to Williams caused by Netflix’s defamation has been extraordinary, by any plausible measure,” reads today’s 59-page complaint. 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.”

Surprisingly, Rhimes and her Shondaland banner are not defendants in the lawsuit. The lone defendant in the case, Netflix, did not respond to the request for comment Monday. Conversely, Williams’ attorney had more to add to the filing.

“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 terrible person, which she is not,” attorney Alexander Rufus-Isaacs said in a statement to Deadline after the show. . placing the suit in the court role. “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.”

Inspired by Jessica Pressler’s New York Magazine “How an aspiring ‘It’ girl misled New York’s partygoers – and its banks” from 2018, the nine episodes of Shondland and Netflix invent Anna paid $320,000 to the then imprisoned and now deported Sorkin herself to get the rights to her life story.

After writing about her experiences with the scammer, Williams saw nothing from the streamer and Rhimes. However, in a deal signed with HBO, now owned by Warner Bros Discovery, for her the 2019 book My Friend Anna: The True Story of a False Heiress and other works, Williams dropped about $340,000 before taxes.

With the premium e-chain® looking like leftovers after the worldwide success of invent Annathis lawsuit from Williams could be a case of retaliation on the installment plan.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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