Billionaire investor and political activist George Soros' soap opera-esque legal battle with his ex-girlfriend has been well-documented in the media.
It began in 2011 when Soros' Brazilian lover Adriana Ferreyr filed a $50 million lawsuit claiming Soros promised to give her a roughly $2 million Upper East Side Manhattan apartment, but then gave it to another woman.
Ferreyr also said Soros was physically abusive, slapping her, trying to choke her, and throwing a glass lamp at her when she complained (she reportedly had to get stitches as a result of the broken glass).
Now Soros is turning the tables, countersuing for assault and defamation by claiming he is the real victim.
“Soros and Ferreyr . . . engaged in a physically intimate relationship over the course of several years. [They] continued to date other people. [At the time of the alleged assault in 2010] Soros was approximately 80 years old, and Ferreyr was approx. 27 years old,” his papers state.
The New York Post has the story:
Soros’ suit claims the fight started “while lying in bed” when “Ferreyr asked Soros about the status of the apartment . . . Soros informed her that another woman with whom he had a relationship was living in Apt. 7C, and that the other woman was very happy living there.”
“Ferreyr became enraged, picked up a nearby lamp that was made partly of glass, and knowingly, intentionally, and wilfully attempted to strike Soros with it,” his suit claims. “The lamp struck Soros’ forearm, then fell to the floor and broke . . . Soros did not hit Ferreyr . . . Ferreyr stood up and cut her foot on one or more of the shards of glass.”
Police were called and, according to the court papers, “Ferreyr made false statements to the police . . . [by claiming] ‘Soros with an open hand smacked her on the right side of face.’ ” [Emphasis added]
Soros’ lawyer William Zabel triumphantly remarked: “This is the first time that we have had an opportunity to respond formally to Ms. Ferreyr’s false claims and to make our own counterclaims to hold her accountable for the harm her malicious assertions have caused Mr. Soros.”
On a more personable level, Zabel told the Washington Post: “If every promise to a girlfriend was an enforceable contract, I’d be in court every day.”