Perhaps you’ve heard by now, but Anna Delvey was released early from prison on Thursday. Her four-to-12-year sentence for fraud has been cut short thanks to good behavior, per New York State Department of Corrections records cited by Insider.
Delvey (whose birth name is Sorokin) spent over three years in custody after posing as a wealthy international socialite and scamming thousands of dollars in bank loans (she also allegedly grifted a luxury Moroccan vacation out of a friend who was working for Vanity Fair at the time, but a jury did not convict her of the counts related to that story). There’s a chance she’ll be deported to Germany, where she’s still a citizen, after release, but for now, she’s staying with a “male friend,” as she reportedly told the parole board.
Delvey never quite took a break from posting in the time she was locked away. A person who only identified themselves as a “close friend” in an Instagram DM helped disseminated drawings on Delvey’s Instagram, drawings in which she depicted little scenes from the inside complete with outfit credits. And she published some blogs too. She addressed two separate ones to Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein, and both were occasionally humorous but mostly ponderous about the nature of this kind of fame—fame garnered from a fall from grace and catalogued in a high-profile courtroom trial ending in conviction.
“Isn’t it easier to just observe people and then put them in words and numbers, translate them into stories, bend them and twist them while fitting them into a controlled narrative, carefully putting them away inside a story right where you can see them, instead of succumbing to the pointlessness of trying to make sense or to really get to know anyone?” she wrote “to” Weinstein, who is being held at a prison upstate near Delvey’s.
Another post, “Enduring COVID-19 in an Upstate N.Y. Prison,” chronicled her organic meals, her exercise routines (nine yoga classes a week), the less-than-ideal media available for consumption (like releasing Sharknado in “seven parts” so inmates would “have things to look forward to”), and getting uninvited to a religious group because she was too “bougie”—all written in the cutting voice of a mid-aughts blog, like Gossip Girl with an existential bent.
Since getting out on Thursday, she’s tweeted from her new account, per Insider’s Jacob Shamsian, who originally broke the story of her release. There’s little of the ponderous tone there, but the more knowing, celebratory tone remains. She, like a living, breathing Emma Roberts character, tweeted:
And, poking fun of her own technological adjustments, post-prison:
And the instant classic:
That writing will be on display soon in her own tell-all that will surely be greenlit soon. But for now, there are all the news reports, the features, and also the forthcoming Shonda Rhymes–produced series for Netflix in which Julia Garner plays the lead (Delvey reportedly used most of her Netflix payout to pay restitution, fines, and attorney fees). It just began filming again, per Insider, after it was on a corona-pause.
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