(RightWing.org) – Several reality television stars have ended up in legal trouble after introducing themselves to the American viewing public. For instance, Chris Soules from ABC’s “The Bachelorette” and “The Bachelor” pleaded guilty to charges related to a 2017 fatal hit-and-run accident. Todd and Julie Chrisley of “Chrisley Knows Best” received lengthy prison sentences in November 2022 following their convictions for tax evasion and bank fraud. Curiously, a disgraced socialite recently flipped the script and used her criminal past to land her the starring role in a new program — despite being on house arrest.
Russian-born grifter Anna Sorokin posed as a wealthy German heiress named Anna Delvey to break into the upper levels of New York City’s art and social scene for about four years, ending with her arrest in 2017. A jury convicted her in April 2019 on eight felonies, including second-degree grand larceny, attempted larceny, and theft of services, after she used forged documents and bad checks to con banks, acquaintances, hotels, and Realtors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Sorokin received a lengthy prison sentence the following month but secured her release on parole in February 2021. A few weeks later, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents took her into custody for overstaying her entry visa. However, a judge ordered her release in early October 2022 while she fights deportation. Additionally, the court ordered her to 24-hour home confinement and electronic monitoring and barred her from using social media platforms.
Anna Sorokin Will Star in New Reality Show 'Delvey's Dinner Club' While on House Arrest https://t.co/wCZTELnSFo
— People (@people) January 25, 2023
On January 25, 2023, People magazine reported that Sorokin announced she would star in an unscripted reality television series called “Delvey’s Dinner Club,” a reference to her criminal alias.
The program will feature a “collection of actors, musicians… socialites, journalists and more” for her invitation-only dinner parties at Sorokin’s East Village apartment. She plans to discuss her experience with the criminal justice system, rebranding efforts, and thoughts on her future. She told Page Six, “there’s nothing like… bringing together a curated group of friends” to share their life stories over a “great culinary experience.”
Sorokin previously sold her story to Netflix, taking in more than $300,000, for its February 2022 series “Inventing Anna.” However, most of the money went towards restitution and court costs, leaving her roughly $22,000.
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