Netflix Might Have To Pay Anna Delvey's Victims Profits From Upcoming Series

by Stephanie Maida · July 23, 2019

    She's the socialite scammer that captivated New York and fooled quite a few of its glitterati denizens - some out of tens of thousands of dollars. And though the unbelievable tale of fake heiress Anna Sorokin (better known as Anna Delvey) was worth well over $100,000 to Netflix, she herself might not be profiting from her story.

    The "Soho Grifter" who lived lavishly while avoiding hotel bills and tricking "friends" into fronting money for her apparently struck a deal with Netflix while awaiting trial at Rikers last year, securing $100,000 along with "consulting" fees and royalties for a new Netflix series about her life, which is being created by Shonda Rhimes.

    Sorokin was found guilty on multiple charges, including second-degree grand larceny, theft of services, and one count of first-degree attempted grand larceny, back in April. Her first Netflix cashout of $30,000 went to her lawyer. Now, as first reported by the New York Post, the state Attorney General's office is attempting to block any more payments from reaching Sorokin, invoking a "Son of Sam" law that prevents criminals from profiting from publicity. Rather, the AG argues, the money should be sent to the New York State Office of Victim Services for redistribution.

    While the issue has not yet been ruled on, Sorokin's lawyer, Todd Spodek, told the New York Times, "It has always been Ms. Sorokin’s intention to pay back her victims. I anticipate resolving the issue without further litigation."

    Good news for Vanity Fair's Rachel DeLoache Williams, who claims she lost over $60,000 when Sorokin scammed her into an "all expense paid" trip to Morocco. To be fair, Williams did sell her story about the fiasco to HBO and Simon & Schuster in a deal worth $600,000, according to the Post. All those luxury hotels and high-powered banks Sorokin scammed might still be hard up, however.

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