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Anna Sorokin, Real Life Inventing Anna, Talks NFT and Life Now

Anna Sorokin is ready to once again reinvent her narrative.

Between 2013 and 2017, Sorokin claimed to be a German heiress named Anna Delvey. Like Delvey, Sorokin defrauded banks, hotels, and individuals out of more than $200,000.

While Sorokin’s story first made headlines in 2018, a Netflix miniseries released earlier this year made Sorokin a household name. “Inventing Anna” depicted how Sorokin, aka “Soho Grifter,” infiltrated New York’s elite, with Julia Garner mastering Sorokin’s trademark accent.

In 2019, the 31-year-old woman was convicted of one count of attempted grand theft, three counts of grand theft and four counts of burglary services, and was sentenced from four to 12 years. Released from prison in 2021 on parole, Sorokin is now being held in a New York County jail by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), pending his deportation. Sorokin appealed to stay in the US.

Speaking with Savannah Sellers in an exclusive interview for NBC News, Sorokin said she’s ready to turn the page.

“Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to focus all my energy on something legal,” Sorokin explained to Sellers. “I would love the opportunity for people to not write me off as a quote-unquote scammer and see what I’m going to do next.”

Julia Garner as Anna Sorokin in "Inventing Ana."
Julia Garner as Anna Sorokin in ‘Inventing Anna’.shondaland / Alamy

As for the specifics of what he’s going to do next? Sorokin has plans.

On the one hand, Sorokin is returning to a familiar setting: the world of art. While operating under the name Anna Delvey, Sorokin pitched investors the idea of ​​the Anna Delvey Foundation, a members-only club where artists and entrepreneurs could mingle.

In March, Sorokin participated in an emerging art exhibit called “Free Anna Delvey,” which featured art from 33 artists who responded to Sorokin’s story.

This week, Sorokin unveiled a new project, an NFT line called “Reinventing Anna.” The NFT will give buyers access to Sorokin through one-on-one phone calls or by meeting her in person, as well as exclusive live streams.

“I am very excited to connect with everyone who has been supporting me,” said Sorokin.

Sorokin said that “a lot has changed” since the events of “Inventing Anna.” In one of the show’s most memorable real-life sequences, Sorokin visits Morocco for a stay at the lavish La Mamounia hotel and then, when he’s short on adequate funds, convinces his friend, Rachel DeLoache Williams, to put the account in your company credit card. The actual event took place in 2017.

“I was like 23 years old. People should think about themselves when they were 20 years old,” he said.

Sorokin told Sellers that what he did was “unethical.” He added: “I wouldn’t encourage anyone else to follow in my footsteps.” However, when asked if he owed anyone an apology, Sorokin refused to give one.

“You mean why? I’m not a 12-year-old to apologize,” Sorokin said. “I don’t think (the banks) care,” Sorokin said.

Sorokin also addressed his extended stays at luxury New York hotels like the 11 Howard and the Beekman.

“Staying in a hotel made sense to me because I was traveling a lot. I wasn’t staying like a bigger penthouse. I was staying like a regular room,” he said.

Sorokin, who has been branded a con artist, said she disagrees with this perception of her actions.

“I really never had any malicious intent. And I’m not just like this vicious person as a scammer who tries to take advantage of anyone who is stupid enough to fall for it,” she said.

Anna Sorokin’s interview with Savannah Sellers will air this Thursday at 9am EST.

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