Anna Delvey’s former girlfriend Rachel DeLoache Williams is suing Netflix for defamation over her portrayal in Inventing Anna.
The former Vanity Fair contributor has taken legal action against the streaming service, which brought forward the story of the cheating celebrities and how she fooled New York society into thinking she was a German heir to life with showrunner Shonda Rhimes, after she claims that they had invaded her privacy and defamed her with her portrayal in the miniseries starring Julia Garner and Anna Chlumsky.
The newspapers said: “This action will demonstrate that Netflix made a conscious decision for dramatic purposes to show Williams doing or saying things on the show that they would describe as greedy, snobbish, disloyal, dishonest, cowardly, represent a manipulative and opportunistic person.”
Rachel’s case argues, “This action is firmly based on factual claims that have been proven to be false and on the attribution of statements she never made.”
The My Friend Anna author’s lawsuit mentions that several news outlets — including Yahoo News, The Huffington Post and the New York Post — commented on “Netflix’s hatchet” of her.
Rachel — who is seeking a jury trial along with compensatory damages, punitive damages and other demands such as legal costs — alleges that “due to Netflix’s misrepresentation as a vile and despicable person,” she was “subjected” to a barrage of online abuse, negative in-person interactions, and derogatory statements Characterizations in podcasts, etc., based on the series, showing that Netflix’s actions exposed them to public contempt, ridicule, dislike or shame, or evoked an evil opinion of them.”
The case posits that Netflix “has the right to have an awkward character on the show,” but argues, “should have given the character a fictional name and changed the character’s identifying details so no one would believe the character was.” Character was a representation of and about the real Rachel Williams.”
The documents further outline Rachel’s argument that they could have given the part a different name.
They state: “Given the simple alternative of protecting her by using a fictitious name, the decision to use her real name demonstrates Netflix’s intention to damage her reputation and thereby justifies the imposition of punitive damages, particularly if Netflix made this decision because Williams had sold their rights to the competing Sorokin project in development by HBO.”
The court documents also highlight that the Rachel character – played by Katie Lowes – uses an actual photo of Rachel using an Instagram account, thereby “blurring the lines between fact and fiction and encouraging viewers to believe that the.” Series that portrays real Rachel Williams.”
It also lists a number of alleged defamatory statements made throughout the show, stating that they “were made by Netflix with actual malice, defined as knowledge of falsehood or reckless disregard for truth or falsehood.”