The truth about Anna Delvey’s friendship with Rachel Williams

If you’ve watched Netflix’s “Inventing Anna” or followed Anna Delvey’s story on the news, you know she’s burned many bridges with many people. She’s managed to sneak to the top of New York’s social chain and art scene after convincing those around her that she has a trust fund baby with money to spare.

Between 2013 and 2017, she defrauded hotels, financial institutions, and individuals over $200,000 and was convicted in a New York state court of attempted grand larceny, second-degree theft, and theft of services, according to CNN. Delvey’s sophisticated scam intrigued many people, so much so that her story was published in New York Magazine and said story was bought by Netflix for a limited series. One of the friends who cheated on her, Rachel DeLoache Williams, also published a book called My Friend Anna, which details how Delvey negatively impacted her life.

Amid the media storm surrounding Delvey, Williams also opened up about their past friendship, which turned out to be part of Delvey’s scam. From what they’ve said about each other in public, it’s hard to believe they were once good friends.

Rachel Williams thought her friendship with Anna Delvey was real

Rachel Williams and Anna Delvey used to be good friends. She shared how they often went on expensive dinners and nights out, but it all fell apart when they traveled to Marrakech in 2017. Delvey apparently promised to pay for everything, including flights and lodging, but when her cards were declined during the trip, Williams was forced to foot the bill, forcing her to use one of her company credit cards. She paid a whopping $62,000 after Delvey promised she would be paid back for The Cut. Of course, she wasn’t compensated for this, so she took it to the authorities and took part in an investigation that would uncover Delvey’s crimes.

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“For better or for worse, Anna is a fascinating character, especially as a young woman,” Williams told Harper’s Bazaar what she thought of her former friend and why Delvey’s story seemed compelling. “She took on traditionally male-dominated power structures when it came to financial fraud. That interests people.”

Eventually, however, she realized that Delvey only kept them around because she found them useful. “Even when I was friends with Anna, it was about the friendship,” she shared. “I really liked her and I thought our friendship was real. It wasn’t so much that I got carried away with their lifestyle, but mainly I just got carried away with a friendship that turned out to be toxic.”

Anna Delvey slammed Rachel Williams on social media

After the release of Inventing Anna, Rachel Williams told Vanity Fair that Anna Delvey’s portrayal on the show was wrong and overly glamorous. “I think it’s wrong to promote this whole narrative and celebrate a sociopathic, narcissistic, proven criminal,” she said, claiming that the show “ran the PR of a con artist” and offered a “dangerous distortion” of what happened in real life.

Delvey got wind of Williams’ strong words and took to Instagram to give her a call. “I’ve been silent about it for years. But as I watched Rachel stubbornly refuse to move beyond her made-up trauma, always brazen and out of control while walking on every show she’ll have, I thought — now I have to. And if I have to, I will,” she wrote via Buzzfeed, before revealing that Williams contacted her in 2018 and asked her to collaborate on a book. “I guess, ‘give me [a] ‘Platform’ and ‘glorification of crime’ didn’t seem such concerns of Rachel’s at the time.”

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Williams responded to Delvey’s claims that they were false and that she would never work with her. “I have no interest in feuds, but regarding Anna’s allegations on Instagram, I’ll let Anna make up fiction and stick to the facts,” she told The Independent. “Anna turned out to be a fraud and a pathological liar. Personally, I would never have worked with her on a project of any kind.”