NEW YORK — A judge ruled Wednesday that Anna Sorokin, the subject of Netflix’s series “Inventing Anna,” has won her release from federal jail but must remain in 24-hour home confinement with electronic monitoring.
Sorokin must post a $10,000 bond and provide a residential address where she’ll stay for the duration of her immigration case. Manhattan Immigration Judge Charles Conroy also said she is barred from using social media, including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and TikTok, according to The Associated Press.
For the last 17 months, Sorokin, 31, has been accused of overstaying her visa and has been held at various ICE detention facilities in New York, including Orange County Jail.
“We are extremely gratified by the court’s decision today to release Anna Sorokin. The judge rightfully recognized that Anna is not a danger to the community,” Sorokin’s lawyer, Duncan Levin, said Wednesday in a written statement obtained by AP.
“While there are still a few hurdles to jump through on her release conditions, Anna is thrilled to be getting out so she can focus on appealing her wrongful conviction,” Levin added.
Sorokin was convicted in 2019 on multiple counts of robbery and theft. She was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison. According to Bloomberg, she was released in February 2021 on good behavior but was arrested by ICE agents six weeks later.
Sorokin was born in Russia but holds German citizenship. Friends of Sorokin said in March she didn’t believe she would have to be sent to Germany, where she had moved with her family from Russia when she was 15. At 19 she left Germany to pursue a fashion degree in Paris.
Netflix paid Sorokin $320,000 to be a consultant for the show “Inventing Anna” but Sorokin later claimed that she was not so “brazen and shameless” as the show had portrayed her, according to NBC News.
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