Inventing Anna: Journalist Rachel DeLoache Williams Slams Her ‘Shocking’ Portrayal

'It stripped me of my agency, accomplishments, and truth,' Rachel wrote in an essay for TIME.

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by Bonnie McLaren |

Most of Anna Delvey's friends on Inventing Anna are based on real people: Neff, personal trainer Kacy and journalist Rachel DeLoache Williams. But it appears Rachel isn't a fan of the series, which is currently the most watched show in the UK on Netflix. Rachel was just one of the many people scammed by Anna Delvey - who scammed companies and her wealthy friends - when Anna failed to pay her back after inviting her on an all-expenses paid trip to Marrakesh, Morocco in 2017.

Following the ordeal, Rachel, who was a picture editor at Vanity Fair, and had partly charged her work credit card for the trip, wrote an article for Vanity Fair, and later released a book called My Friend Anna about her experience. But in the show, Rachel is painted as someone who takes and takes money from Anna, yet is willing to ditch her after she's arrested. We also see Rachel tip off the police to help arrest Anna, while the fraudster is staying in rehab.

But Rachel - who first appears in episode six and is played by Katie Lowes - doesn't sound too keen on the Netflix series, which she says she was not involved in (Rachel has actually sold her rights to HBO, instead - in a project which is said to have Lena Dunham attached).

However, the journalist does not agree with Anna making money from the series, as Anna was reportedly paid $320,000 for her life rights (according to Insider). (It is worth noting that Delvey paid $199,000 in restitution, $24,000 in state fines, and $75,000 in attorney fees.)

'If your crimes are splashy enough, a media company could snatch up the rights to your story pre-trial so that you're able to afford the attorney of your choice, one skilled enough to minimize your penalty,' Rachel writes in an essay for TIME. 'You could be paid so much money that even after your funds are frozen and victims are repaid, you have cash left over. And, not only that, but if fame is what you're after, you'll have built yourself a 'brand,' created a platform, and found an audience to leverage for future opportunities.'

The writer also described that she took issue as soon as her character was outlined in the description as: 'a natural-born follower whose blind worship of Anna almost destroys her job, her credit, and her life'. 'This Netflix description felt shocking. [It] stripped me of my agency, accomplishments, and truth,' she wrote. 'Were we meant to believe that the woman I had become was not on account of the parents who raised me, the love I shared with family and friends, my own efforts or personal growth, but because of Anna?'

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