Netflix faces libel lawsuit over true-crime drama ‘Inventing Anna’

Rachel Williams, the victim of con artist Anna Sorokin, whose story was made into Netflix’s true crime series “Inventing Anna,” is suing the broadcaster for defamation and false light invasion of privacy. She alleges that the show’s portrayal of her was almost entirely negative and fictional.

“This action will show that Netflix made a deliberate decision for dramatic purposes to show Williams doing or saying things in the series that portray her as a greedy, snobbish, disloyal, dishonest, cowardly, manipulative and opportunistic person” who mocked Sorokin, he then abandoned her in Morocco and then lied to his own friends to hide that he had helped police arrest Sorokin in 2017, the document says.

“She never actually did or said any of those things,” the lawsuit says. “Therefore, this action is firmly based on statements of fact that are demonstrably false and the attribution of statements that she never made.”

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