Buff and hulking or small and meek? Courtroom artist on sketching Sam Bankman-Fried

  • October 31, 2023
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Jane Rosenberg’s viral illustrations paint a changing picture of the crypto mogul as his trial continues

A courtroom sketch supposedly drawn of Sam Bankman-Fried made rounds on Twitter this week, giving the alleged cryptocurrency fraudster and self-professed “math nerd” the Hollywood treatment.

With his razor-sharp jawline, high cheekbones and artfully messy hair, SBF could have been plucked straight out of a high-end perfume campaign. There was just one problem: the sketch is a phony. Similar to Donald Trump’s very fake – and incredibly bizarre – courtroom sketch featuring the former president next to Jesus, it didn’t come from inside the courtroom and appears to be fan art. But for many people following the trial, the real portraits are engrossing enough – just not nearly as flattering.

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