The fake German heiress on trial for defrauding bankers in to giving her millions of dollars in loans delayed court again on Wednesday because of a wardrobe malfunction and then cried in front of the increasingly impatient judge.
Anna Sorokin, 28, is accused of posing as heiress Anna Delvey to defraud bankers out of $22million. She also allegedly skipped out on hotel room bills and lied to Manhattan’s social circle about who she was.
As part of her defense, her legal team has enlisted the services of a celebrity stylist to make her look more sympathetic to a jury. Their goal, the stylist said last week after Anna’s first fashion tantrum, is to make her look ‘mysterious chic’.
On Wednesday, there was a hiccup in their plan. Rather than arrive in court wearing the clothes, Anna arrived again in prison garb but refused to come out of her holding cell.
Her lawyer, Todd Spodek, then presented the judge with a bag of clothes for her to wear. He gave it to a court officer but was told off because it contained a ‘weeks’ worth of clothing’ which all had to be checked and cleared for security purposes.
‘This is the last day we’re playing with clothes,’ a furious Judge Diane Kiesel said, ordering him to only give the clothes Anna would wear on Wednesday over to be checked and to send the rest to the prison where she is being held.
Eventually, Anna emerged in an outfit that had been selected for her but, seemingly dissatisfied with them, she wept in front of the judge and had to be consoled by Spodek.
Anna Sorokin, 28, emerges after delaying court proceedings again on Wednesday because she did not have clothes to wear that she was happy with. Eventually, she emerged in an outfit selected by her lawyer that had been dropped off at the court
Sorokin cried in her crumpled shirt and had to be consoled by Spodek who offered her a glass of water and a tissue
It was the second time in as many weeks Sorokin set back the trial by refusing to wear prison clothes.
Instead, she is coming to court in looks that have been put together for her by Anastasia Walker, a stylist who has a mutual friend with her.
It is not clear who is paying Walker but Sorokin’s lawyer, Spodek, said making her come to court in ordinary clothes as opposed to prison clothes was crucial. He does not want the jury to think she looks ‘guilty’, he said.
On Wednesday, she wore the same wrinkled white shirt and black pants as last week.
Her ‘signature’ Celine glasses and a pair of black flats completed her look.
Earlier in the trial, she has worn Yves Saint Lauren, Victoria Beckham and Michael Kors.
On Monday, Sorokin’s trial heard how the banker she approached for a loan sent her explicit text messages after they met.
The 28-year-old’s attorney, Todd Spodek, rifles through a bag to find an outfit for her as the impatient judge watches on
Spodek was warned by the judge that it was the ‘last day we are playing around with clothes’
Dennis Onabajo, a banker at the private equity fund Fortress sent Sorokin 158 texts when she was trying to secure the loan.
‘I’m forcing myself not to kiss you because you are insanely beautiful,’ he is alleged to have texted her, according to the New York Post.
The text was sent in March 2017 after Fortress rejected her $22 million loan.
Judge Diane Kiesel is unimpressed with Sorokin’s antics
He is also allegedly texted her after a meeting at the SoHo hotel where she was staying – 11 Howard – and said: ‘Let me come upstairs and say a proper good-bye’.
Her attorney brought up the flirty texts when he was questioning the banker’s boss Spencer Garfield on Monday.
The judge refused to let the attorney question Garfield in detail about the texts after saying he was not aware of the exchanges.
Onabajo left the company about two months after Sorokin’s loan was rejected.
Garfield testified that Sorokin’s loan was rejected because she couldn’t produce proof of her fortune.
Her attorney argued that Sorokin couldn’t be guilty of attempted grand larceny if she wasn’t close to getting the loan in the first place.
Another New York banker testified last week that Sorokin seemed to ‘speak the language’ of the financial world during her attempt to obtain a multimillion-dollar loan.
Sorokin was in a better mood on Monday in an all-black outfit with her hair tied up
Sorokin is accused of trying to dupe investors into thinking she had a $67million fortune
Ryan Salem of City National Bank told the court last Thursday that his bank denied a request to finance a private arts club Sorokin proposed building.
But despite a host of red flags, the bank agreed to lend Sorokin $100,000 that she promised to repay within days.
Makeover: Sorokin is seen in February last year after her arrest
Salem said the financial statements the one-time darling of the New York City social scene provided in support of the loan ‘didn’t add up.’
Prosecutors say the faux heiress left a significant paper-trail in her bid to defraud banks and is accused of swindling various people and businesses out of tens of thousands of dollars in a 10-month odyssey for a taste of the high life.
‘We always believed that she had money,’ Salem said, referring to a fortune of some $67 million that Sorokin claimed to have at her disposal overseas.
‘She seemed to speak the language. She understood the financial jargon that you need to know to interact and transact in this environment.
Sorokin’s lawyer says she never intended to commit a crime and planned to pay back any money she borrowed.
Jurors viewed dozens of emails last week between Salem and Sorokin, who became increasingly hard to pin down when the bank demanded repayment.
Salem, who spent the day on the witness stand, said his dealings with Sorokin hurt his credibility within the bank.
‘I went to bat for somebody who at the end of the day was not somebody to go to bat for,’ he said.