Rachel DeLoache Williams was a friend of Anna Delvey, a fake heiress whose real name is Anna Sorokin. Williams testified at Sorokin’s trial that she was conned out of her money by a woman she thought was a friend.
Williams claimed in her testimony that she was duped out of $62,000 on a trip she took with Sorokin to Morocco. Sorokin testified that she had promised to pay for the trip. According to ABC News, Sorokin was convicted on eight counts, but she was found not guilty of defrauding Williams of money for the trip. In a new episode, “The Sinfluencer of Soho,” which airs tonight, Friday, October 1, 2021, at 9 p.m.,
ABC 20/20 delves deeper into the case. The time zone is Eastern.
Here’s what you need to know:
Williams Reflected on Her Relationship With Sorokin & the Debt She Was Left to Repay
Williams, a Vanity Fair picture researcher, told ABC News that Sorokin left her with more debt than she earned in a year – $62,000. She told Harper’s Bazaar that she decided to report Sorokin to the police after he promised to repay her for a trip to Morocco but never did. In a Harper’s Bazaar interview, Williams discussed why the story is so fascinating to the general public.
“For better or worse, Anna is a fascinating character, especially as a young woman,” Williams told Harper’s Bazaar. “When it came to financial scamming, she took on traditionally male-dominated power structures. That piques people’s interest. The story is timely because so many people are interested in social media these days, both its positive and negative effects on society, and how it encourages people to want to become internet celebrities. ”
Williams told ABC News that she gets asked a lot about the red flags she saw with Sorokin, and she also answered the same question for Harper’s Bazaar.
“In hindsight, it’s a lot easier,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “A lot of little things added up, like her forgetting her credit card or me having to book flights on the day we were leaving for Marrakesh, but they made sense in the context of her normal behavior, so I was able to rationalize those things.” When viewed in isolation, they appear to be clear warning signs. ”
Williams Wrote a Book and Earned Money for HBO Max Series ‘Generation Hustle’
Williams was able to earn money from her experiences, according to Insider. Her story was turned into a book, My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress, which was released in 2019. Williams was reportedly paid $300,000 for the book at the time of her testimony against Sorokin, according to Insider. She testified that she had received $63,000 of a $75,000 advance at the time in 2019. “I wanted to find a home for this project..”
According to Insider, Williams said in her testimony that money was a factor. “I put in a lot of effort to get to where I am now..” According to Insider, Williams was also paid $35,000 for adaptation rights in an HBO deal. At the time, the news outlet reported that she could receive an extra $300,000, but they were still in talks at the time. According to ET Online, the project was turned into a 10-part HBO Max series called “Generation Hustle.” Williams would also be required to pay her agents from the earnings, including 10% for the HBO deal and 15% for the book deal, in addition to other fees and taxes, according to
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