Rachel Williams’ ‘Inventing Anna’ Performance Is the Subject of a Defamation Lawsuit Against Netflix

Rachel DeLoache Williams has filed a defamation lawsuit against Netflix for her performance in the limited drama series “Inventing Anna.”

“Netflix deliberately used my real name and real aspects of my life to create a totally false and defamatory characterization of me,” Rachel Williams said in a statement sent by her attorney to TheWrap.

The suit seeks to show that Netflix “made a deliberate decision for dramatic purposes to show Williams doing or saying things in the series that portray her as greedy, snobbish, disloyal, dishonest, cowardly, manipulative and opportunistic,” according to the documents. .

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The lawsuit alleges that as a result of his performance on the Netflix series, “Williams was subjected to a torrent of online abuse, negative in-person interactions, and pejorative characterizations on podcasts,” and details that he has received thousands of abusive messages.

The documents also suggest that damage to Williams’ reputation could have been avoided by giving the character a fictitious name and “changing the character’s identifying details so that no one would believe that the character was a representation ‘of and with respect’ to the real Rachel.” Williams”. .”

Netflix did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on the lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, Williams’ character is “the only one in the series who is given the full name of a real person and who has the same employer, alma mater, and neighborhood of origin as the real person,” as Netflix gave him fictitious names. to “Sorokin’s business lawyer, her boyfriend, and the wealthy socialite and her fashion designer acolyte.”

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“The reason we had to file this lawsuit is because Netflix used Rachel’s real name and biographical details and made her seem like a horrible person, which she is not,” attorney Alexander Rufus-Isaacs said in a statement obtained by TheWrap. . “The devastating damage to her reputation could have been avoided if only Netflix had used a different fictitious name and details. Why didn’t they do this for her, when they did it for so many other characters in the series? Perhaps the reason was that she had chosen to play for the other team, namely HBO. “

“The truth matters and portraying real people requires real responsibility. I am filing this lawsuit to hold Netflix accountable for its willful recklessness,” Williams’ statement concluded.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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