The scam artist who lived an extravagant life as a fake German heiress might not get her money from a deal she signed with Netflix.
Anna Sorokin aka Anna Delvey became infamous after the New York Magazine published an article, How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People by Jessica Pressler. Following her rise to infamy, Sorokin’s story became a hot Hollywood commodity as producers pursued her story for an on-screen adaptation.
Netflix eventually acquired Sorokin’s story with Shonda Rhimes attached to the project making it the creator’s first series for the streaming giant. Rhimes is the showrunner behind Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.
Now, Sorokin is prevented by New York’s “Son of Sam” law which prevents perpetrators from profiting off their crimes. According to a report by the New York Post, the state’s Attorney General office wants to take legal action to give profits from the Netflix deal to Sorokin’s victims.
The “Soho Grifter’s” Netflix contract states that she would earn $15,000 as consulting fee and $7,500 in royalties per episode aired. However, her restitution order of over $200,000 dollars means she may never see her profits from the deal. The order was signed by a New York judge after her conviction back in May. Sorokin was sentenced to four to 12 years of jail time.
“The monies sought to be preserved herein, constitute, “profits from a crime,’” Adele Durand, Assistant Attorney General wrote in court papers arguing that profits from the Netflix deal should go directly to the victims.
Ben is is a senior journalist and sport columnist for Best in Australia. He previously worked for the BC and other radio stations.