the platform is accused of defamation because of this series inspired by real events

Giant of streaming, Netflix is by no means untouchable. This time platform is the subject of a complaint for defamation by an American journalist because of a series inspired by real factsand in which she would be portrayed in a very negative way.

When series inspired by real events pose a problem

While competition is getting tougher and tougher, Netflix remains the leading streaming platform for the time being, thanks to a wide variety of content and in particular shovel series. Among them, some are inspired by real events, and these tend to work particularly well: the public is fond of news items reproduced and well staged. However, it should be realized that these facts are usually highly romanticized in order to be more exciting for viewers to follow.

This sometimes gives rise to inconsistencies, to see errors in good and due form, who talk a lot. It is sometimes a question of details, as when this famous chess player noted the scriptwriting facilities during the games played by Anna Taylor-Joy in The Queen’s Game.

But sometimes, the real people who are embodied in these series are really unhappy with the image that is conveyed of them. Just ask Rachel Williams, a former journalist Vanity Fair played on screen by Katie Lowes in the series Inventing Anna. She even went so far as to file a defamation suit against Netflix, because she considers that she is presented there in a totally false and degrading way, giving her the image of a woman as greedy as she is profiteering. Not very nice.

A lawsuit filed for defamation

Before dwelling on this complaint in more detail, let us briefly recall that Inventing Anna is a series of 9 episodes available since last February and retracing the journey of Anna Delvey, a young Russian woman who defrauded several thousand dollars from upper-class New York citizens. She shared it with her friend Rachel Williams for a time, offering him many gifts and trips. But – in the series at least – Williams ends up turning against her friend and abandon her after taking advantage of her.

A while back, Rachel Williams expressed her anger over the treatment she received on the show, whose pitch evokes in particular “the woman she becomes thanks to Anna” :“We are supposed to believe that the woman I became was not due to the parents who raised me? […] ? [à] my friends ? to my own efforts? The complaint that the ex-journalist of Vanity Fair has since filed shows us not only that she still has not digested this case, but above all thatshe intends to improve her image with the general public and get justice.

This action will show that Netflix made a conscious decision to show Williams doing or saying things on the show that present her as greedy, snobbish, disloyal, dishonest, cowardly, manipulative and opportunistic, for dramatic purposes. […] [La série] tends to expose it to public content, ridicule, to aversion or disgrace, and to induce a malicious vision of her, besides being defamatory.

We will now have to wait for the complaint to be processed and for the case to go before the courts, we are therefore not ready to know the end of the story.


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