And the drama between billionaire philanthropist George Soros and his decades-younger ex-girlfriend continues.
“A Manhattan Supreme Court judge shot down the octogenarian mogul’s attempt to dismiss a blockbuster $50 million lawsuit by his … ex, actress Adriana Ferreyr,” the New York Post reports.
“Justice Debra James upheld most of the beauty’s claims against the lefty activist, who allegedly reneged on a promise to give her a $1.9 million apartment and then slapped her around when she complained, court papers say,” the report adds.
Ferreyr’s lawsuit states that Soros promised her the swanky Manhattan digs in January 2010, TheBlaze noted last year.
Also noted in that report were allegations that Soros and his team tried to make the lawsuit go away by offering Ferreyr’s cousin a $250,000 bribe.
“The cousin says the offer was a bribe; Soros’ lawyer says it was merely an attempt to settle the dispute,” the Daily News reports. “The $50 million suit also contained claims of emotional torture, harassment and violence — all denied by the twice-divorced Soros.”
Ferreyr’s cousin, himself a lawyer, responded by writing “he could not be bought.”
“I was shocked that George called me to offer me $250,000 in order to get my sympathy, get rid of her lawyers and settle the case,” Mauricio Carneiro wrote back. “I learned of Mr. Soros’ malicious actions against my cousin and I am shocked by his behavior. Adriana’s character is of the highest order.”
But despair not Soros fans! Justice James cut the octogenarian lover a little slack: She threw out Ferreyr’s fraud claim, ruling that Soros really did intend to give her the apartment.
However, that’s not to say that James, who referred to Soros’ behavior as “atrocious,” is going soft on the liberal heavyweight.
He “exhibited violent conduct towards her and hired persons to follow and intimidate her,” the judge’s decision reads.
Stay tuned until next month when both sides continue to do battle at a court date in February.
Follow Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) on Twitter
Featured image courtesy Reuters.