Earlier this year the Netflix mini series surrounding fake German heiress Anna Sorokin swept timelines with memes, conspiracy theories, and pop culture references.
It was undoubtedly a great drama-filled show, but what’s happening in the real world?
Yesterday news broke out that the actual Anna Sorokin will be released under a $10,000 bail and must remain under 24-hour house arrest with electronic monitoring.
She is also prohibited from accessing all social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook TikTok and Instagram — where she has 1 million followers.
If you’ve watched Inventing Anna, you’d know that she’s a mastermind when it comes to manipulating her followers on what she’s been up to. Sure, it was probably exaggerated for the show. But there are nuggets of truth between the sensationalised screen caps.
Anna served four years in prison after her 2019 conviction on a number of state charges related to her years-long scamming spree, during which she finessed New York’s elite and skipped out on bills at luxury hotels and restaurants.
After she was released from prison for good behaviour in 2021, she was rearrested by ICE agents and had been detained in an Orange County facility ever since.
The government argued that Anna should remain locked up as she posed a threat to the community.
Her lawyer, Duncan Levin, said in a statement that he was “extremely grateful by the court’s decision to release her.”
“The judge rightfully recognised that Anna is not a danger to the community. While there are still a few hurdles to jump through on her release conditions, Anna is thrilled to be getting out so she can focus on appealing her wrongful conviction.”
In a letter published by The Daily Mail last month, Anna went up against the US immigration system, arguing that her “imprisonment simply makes no sense.”
“The jail I’m housed at is famous for its understaffing issue. To help alleviate that issue, in the last few weeks alone, 61 immigrants were removed from this facility without notice and transferred to a facility in Mississippi, where ICE can detain them at a lesser cost,” she wrote in the letter.
“In the Orange County, NY jail where I await my fate, female detainees are tossed in with the general criminal population, often without ever appearing before a judge.
“We’re all the same,” she wrote.
However, John Sandweg, her immigration attorney, highlighted that she will continue to face deportation proceedings and her release will be closely monitored by the government.
Anna says that she wants to stay in the US, despite not having a visa, and she is originally from Russia but also has ties to Germany.
According to a report by The Daily Mail, she has been auctioning off her prison sketches, and has also written poetry.
What do you think? Is Inventing Anna due for a re-binge?