'Inventing Anna' Ending Explained: Was Anna Delvey a criminal or a victim?

Anna Delvey's trial posed more questions rather than giving answers, but was Anna truly a criminal or just a victim?


                            'Inventing Anna' Ending Explained: Was Anna Delvey a criminal or a victim?
Julia Garner as Anna 'Delvey' Sorokin in 'Inventing Anna' (Netflix)
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The best thing about the shows based on a true story is that you get to know about the things that were never published or spoken about. This is what ‘Inventing Anna’ was all about. The Netflix series tells you everything about what Anna “Delvey” Sorokin did and what she wanted to do achieve. But we never knew what prompted her to do it.

After everything that happens with Anna (Julia Garner) and when it’s time for a trial, you ask yourself if she was a criminal or a victim actually. So, we know how Vivian Kent (Anna Chlumsky) was trying to tell Anna’s version to the world. Meanwhile, Rachel (Katie Lowes) was trying to get justice after what she went through during the Morocco holiday. On the other hand, National Bank, Fortress, and other financial institutions are also pressing charges for scamming them.

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So, what happened at the end? Did Anna get what she deserved? Let’s get to know.

Anna Chlumsky as Vivian Kent in 'Inventing Anna' (Netflix)

 

‘Inventing Anna’ Ending Explained: Was Anna a criminal or a victim? 

During the trial, Anna’s lawyer Todd (Arian Moayed) gave this emotional monologue in front of the jury and told them how a 25-year-old girl came to New York to make a life. When she thought people were not giving her chances just because she wasn’t rich, she decided to take the alternative route and lie. But, he said that lying is not a crime because she didn’t do anything illegal.

He put the blame on the banks and the rich businessmen who got conned by a young woman. The reason they were conned was simple, they wanted money and to be associated with a rich person. Everyone wanted to work with her and that’s why she kept doing it because she wanted to establish the foundation she dreamt of. The jury seemed to be in her favor and the lawyer’s story did work.

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Arian Moayed as Todd Spodek in 'Inventing Anna' (Netflix)

 

However, everything changed at the end of the trial when her lawyer tweaked his statements and said every witness that came during the trial was embarrassed and didn’t want to tell the truth. Everyone blamed someone else for their mistakes. He also slammed the banks and the businessmen for getting fooled by Anna who had no idea what she was doing. Todd also said that it was just an idea and no business so Anna didn’t do anything illegal.

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‘Inventing Anna’ Ending Explained: What happened to Rachel, Neff, and Kacy?

Neff (Alexis Floyd) always supported Anna and stood by her till the last moment of the case. Meanwhile, Rachel was the one who filed a case against Anna as well. She was called inside the court during the trial and asked why did she decide to file a case. Rachel said that it was traumatizing for her to live like that and whatever she went through was the worst thing in her life.

The jury was touched by her emotional statement. However, everything changed when Todd had his time with her. During the time, it was found that prior to that incident in Morocco, Anna used to pay for everything that they did. Whether it was fancy dinners, spas, shopping, or celebrity training sessions, everything was paid for by her. In the court, Todd also revealed that it was Rachel who helped LAPD in arresting Anna by calling her out for lunch.

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Katie Lowes as Rachel in 'Inventing Anna' (Netflix)

 

But the most explosive revelation comes when it is found that Rachel has received $300,000 for writing a book on her life and the incident. Additionally, she has also inked a TV deal where she gets the $30,000 upfront and another $300,000 if a TV series gets made. As soon as the jury hears these things, they certainly question Rachel’s motives.

While heading out, Kacy (Laverne Cox) confronts Rachel about helping the police and asks if she got the money or not. Rachel says that Amex took care of the money as they believed the s**t she went through. Kacy was angry at the things Rachel didn’t tell her.

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‘Inventing Anna’ Ending Explained: What was the verdict?

At the time of the verdict, the jury found her guilty on two counts of attempted grand larceny in the first degree, three counts of grand larceny in the second degree, one count of grand larceny in the third degree, and one count of misdemeanor theft of services. However, she was found not guilty on three of the biggest charges that included National Bank and Rachel DeLoache Williams.

She was sentenced to four to 12 years of imprisonment. Also, she had to pay a fine of $24,000 and pay restitution of about $199,000.

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‘Inventing Anna’ Ending Explained: Where are Anna, Vivian Kent, and everyone now?

So, according to media reports, Anna was released from prison in 2021. But she was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for overstaying her visa. She is still in the custody of ICE and is waiting to be deported to Germany.

Rachel Williams wrote the book ‘My Friend Anna’ and it was voted one of Time Magazine’s 100 Books of the year in 2019. Meanwhile, Kacy continues to be a successful fitness trainer and still believes in the power of the universe. Neff quit her job and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career in the film industry.

After the trial, Todd became the defender of choice for prominent fraudsters. In 2019, he suffered a health scare that inspired him to spend more time with family and finally took a vacation. On the other hand, Vivian Kent, whose character is inspired by the journey of Jessica Pressler, worked as a correspondent for Vanity Fair after the case ended. She also wrote the book 'Bad Influence'.

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'Inventing Anna' is currently streaming on Netflix.