Anna Sorokin Filming A Reality Series While On House Arrest
The Soho grifter Anna Sorokin, is under house arrest for overstaying her visa, but is filming a reality tv series.
One of the most successful grifters and con-artists of this century is getting one more opportunity, even after being found guilty of grand larceny and fraud. According to Movieweb, Anna Sorokin the “Soho grifter,” will soon be starring in a reality series, Delvey’s Dinner Club, from Courtney White and Butternut, a food-and-lifestyle production company. The show will bring together friends to share life stories over a great meal within Sorokin’s apartment, as she’s still under house arrest.
Anna Sorokin, who went by the name Delvey for years while posing as an heiress among the upper-crust of New York society, served almost five years for collecting two hundred thousand dollars from investors under false pretenses. Following that, Sorokin then ran afoul of ICE and was detained for overstaying her visa and fighting deportation to Germany. Currently out on bail, which is why she’s under house arrest, the con-artist has already been part of an award-winning series.
Last year, Netflix released the true-crime series Inventing Anna starring Julia Garner as Anna Sorokin, complete with the strange accent used by the Russian-born grifter attempting to sound German. The show was nominated for multiple awards, including a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series and a Golden Globe Best Actress nomination for Garner. While the show was met with mixed reviews, it’s at 64% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a dismal audience score of 34%, it was praised for the salacious true story propelling the plot forward.
For years, Anna Sorokin posed as a German heiress with access to a vast fortune in order to move among the elite of New York City. In order to pull off this con, Sorokin created fraudulent business documents and faked checks to get substantial loans from banks and wealthy investors. The grift lasted for only four years, from 2013 to 2017, before a NYPD operation brought down the fake heiress with the assistance of one of her victims, and former friends, Rachel DeLoche Williams.
Amazingly, the upcoming reality series starring Anna Sorokin will include celebrities and business moguls that come over to dine at her apartment. The thief has shared a dream list of guests, which includes Twitter CEO Elon Musk, Madonna, artist Marina Abramović, and Sam Bankman-Fried, the embattled FTX founder that is also currently on house arrest. Exactly who ends up appearing on Delvey’s Dinner Club is a mystery, but who would admit to being friends with a known fraud and grifter?
That is, of course, one of the main reasons behind the reality show being made in the first place. Anna Sorokin wants to change the narrative around her name, including her fake one, by presenting her story in her own words. While a potentially noble goal it is worth remembering that she was found guilty in a court of law and is under deportation threat to Germany, where her family emigrated to from Russia in 2007.
Though Inventing Anna was a success for Netflix, what audience exists for Delvey’s Dinner Club except for true-crime aficionados that are already well aware of Anna Sorokin’s many financial, and ethical, misdeeds?