It’s only fitting that a bunch of convicted scammers were all friends, right?
Anna actually roomed with Billy MacFarland while he was in the throes of planning the Fyre Festival, which was notoriously disastrous. Sorokin lived at the headquarters of Magnises, MacFarland’s now-shuttered credit card company for four months in 2013. In a very Anna-like twist, she asked to stay for a few days as a favor, and ended up living in the headquarters for months without paying rent.
“She had Balenciaga bags and clothes everywhere,” an anonymous source told Page Six in 2018. “The company wound up moving into a townhouse. That’s the only way they got her out! She had been there for four months!”
You might also remember the character from the dinner party who played unreleased Lil Wayne tracks for the group. He’s also a real person Anna was friends with. Martin Shkreli, also known as the “Pharma Bro”, is currently in prison for fraud after making the price of an anti-malaria drug (that was also used to treat HIV) skyrocket by more than 4,000%.
And as for the Lil Wayne songs? According to Anna’s friend, Neff Davis, who was at the party, Shkreli played them the album nearly six months before it was set to release. Neff recalled that when she tweeted about hearing the album, Anna got angry with her.
“I wanted everybody to know that I heard this album that the world is waiting on! But Anna was pretty mad,” she told Pressler. “She didn’t come down to my desk for maybe three days.”