Sarma Melngailis — the subject of Netflix Bad vegan — wants to set the record straight on the end of the documentary, which covers the downfall of his now-defunct but once world-renowned raw New York vegan restaurant, Pure Food and Wine.
In a statement posted on his personal blog raw sarma last week, Melngailis called the end of bad vegan “very disturbing” and said that contrary to what a phone conversation at the end of the doc suggests, she is no longer in contact with her ex-husband, Anthony Strangis.
” The end of bad vegan is troubling and misleading; I am not in contact with Anthony Strangis and made these recordings much earlier, deliberately, for a specific reason,” Melngailis wrote in the blog post.
“There are several of them bad vegan is fine, but it’s hard not to get stuck on things that are wrong or leave an inaccurate impression.
Netflix representatives did not immediately respond to Filmmakerrequest for comments on the end of the documentary.
bad vegan tells the story taken from the tabloids of how Strangis allegedly convinced Melngailis to transfer more than $1.6 million to her during their dating and six-year marriage. Phone calls and text messages recorded between Strangis and Melngailis also show how Strangis promised him that the payments were part of a greater test of supernatural forces, which, if successful, would earn Melngailis and Melngailis immortality. his dog.
After a period in 2015 when Sarma Melngailis was absent from running her restaurant, Pure Food and Wine investors contacted the police, suspecting they were victims of fraud, and a warrant was issued for the arrests. of Melngailis and Strangis. Facing a 24-count indictment, the couple were arrested in May 2016 in Tennessee after Strangis used his credit card to order Domino’s pizza, alerting authorities to their location.
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Melngailis served four months in prison and Strangis served just over a year after they both reached plea deals, with Strangis pleading guilty to grand larceny in the fourth degree and Melngailis pleading guilty to charges of grand larceny, fraud criminal tax and fraudulent scheme, according to the documentary and Squire.
Both have since been released. Their divorce was finalized in 2018.
In his blog post, Melngailis also promised to give more opinions on bad vegan in the future and noted that she was using the profits from the Netflix documentary to pay the remaining balances owed to her former Pure Food and Wine employees. Then she set the record straight on the 10-month period during which she and Strangis left New York and lived in hotel rooms in various states, including Nevada and Tennessee.
“While the early tabloids had the first word and much of this narrative stuck, I didn’t ‘leak’ in 2015 as those stories indicated, nor was I ‘in on the run”, at least not to my knowledge. I didn’t leave voluntarily. I didn’t know what funds Anthony had at the time, and I no longer had access to my electronic devices and email/text accounts. I already hear the troll chorus of Yeah right! but most of what I say is verifiable,” she wrote. “It’s also important to point out that on the money I raised at the end, over 90% went towards reopening the restaurant and making payments. The idea that I would do all of this and then run away with a man I hated and feared made no sense. I didn’t want to be there. marry, and that part of the story has been inaccurately condensed.
bad vegan is now streaming on Netflix.
Main image: Sarma Melngailis in bad vegan courtesy of Netflix.