Thursday, 11 August 2011

George Soros's Girlfriend

If the billionaire George Soros makes headlines, it is usually in the business section. A lawsuit filed in New York has now pushed its business in the gossip pages.
Adriana Ferreyr, an associate of Mr. Soros for many years, laments the 80-year-old businessman in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan, alleging that he reneged on two separate promises to buy her an apartment, causing her extreme emotional distress. Ms. Ferreyr Mr. Soros says the insurance of an apartment were more than just pillow talk and invested them months to find a place to home and hired designers and brokers call to help her hunt.
"Soros not only violate several promises reasonably were trusted by Ferreyr to her disadvantage, but he went to take a deliberate and malicious campaign of extreme and excessive harassment and intimidation against Ferreyr, which directly resulted in her suffering and remain serious emotional problems and suffer damage, "her suit says.
Mr. Soros complains Mrs. Ferreyr for $ 50 million. Many of her causes of action center around emotional distress, said Robert J. Hantman, Ms. Ferreyr's lawyer.
William Zabel, a lawyer for Mr. Soros, said the suit was "frivolous and completely without merit". He said that Mr. Soros had an "on-again, off-again and non-exclusive relationship," but Mrs. Ferreyr the complaint was "filled with false accusations and it is clearly an attempt to withdraw cash from my client, who very rich man. "
He said his client was considering a counter suit, but declined further comment.
The story begins in 2006 when Mr. Soros met Mrs. Ferreyr in the Hamptons. He invited Ms. Ferreyr, who owns her own retail business, selling sunglasses and Christmas ornaments through kiosks in malls on the west coast, to meet for tea and got her phone number. Things developed, and in 2007 she and Mr. Soros were a "serious and meaningful 'relationship and a few home and abroad, the complaint says.
In 2009 Mrs. Ferreyr started shopping around for an apartment. She was looking in the $ 1 million range, but fell in love with an apartment on the Upper East Side worth $ 1,995,000. During a trip to the Caribbean that they named after Mr. Soros had she found her "dream house" but was afraid they could not afford. Mr. Soros later told her not to worry about the cost, he wanted to "make her happy" and that he was the apartment in the name of his company to buy.
"Soros specifies:" Do not worry it's yours, just that I introduce the name of a company for tax purposes if I want to avoid paying gift taxes, "the complaint says.
In early 2010 Ms. Ferreyr made an offer on the apartment, rented a designer and Mr. Soros, the company signed a contract to buy the apartment.
That was where it went south. In March, immediately after the closed apartment, Mr. Soros broke with Mrs. Ferreyr. Mrs. Ferreyr was distraught, but was hopeful the split was only temporary. She continued to live in another apartment, while completing a semester at Columbia University.
In June, the couple came back together and later that summer, while in bed, Mr. Soros dropped a bomb on Ms. Ferreyr about the apartment. "I gave it to my girlfriend and she is thriving," he said, according to the complaint.
It states that a fight ensued. He hit her, tried to strangle her and then threw a lamp at her, the complaint said. She ran to another room and called the police.
Mr. Zabel, Mr. Soros's lawyer, disputes this claim. "The police of the incident referred to in August 2010 and concluded that no attack took place," he said. "George Soros not limp, choke or throw a lamp at her. We will try to dismiss this baseless lawsuit as soon as possible."
A police report of the dispute, she told officers that "a nearby lamp fell on her right foot."
She went to hospital for stabbing and after the event was "very traumatized and emotionally distressed," the complaint. She withdrew from her classes at Columbia.
In November, the couple saw each other again. The complaint says Mr. Soros said he felt bad about what had happened and said they look for an apartment right away. The romance had again.
Ms. Ferreyr hired a new broker and found another apartment, worth $ 4.3 million in the same building as the first apartment. And again, the complaint said Mr. Soros got cold feet and reneged on his promise to buy an apartment, more emotional distress to Mrs. Ferreyr.
In April this year, Mr. Soros gave Mrs. Ferreyr an unknown amount of money if they agreed to a release said she would not sue him or discuss their relationship for five years to sign. She refused to sign the agreement. Instead, they tried to rent another apartment in the same building.
This is according to the complaint, Mr. Soros caused grief because his other friend was now in the building. "Soros did not like the fact that both women live in the same building and therefore Ferreyr wanted to move," says the complaint.
Ms. Ferreyr says that at this point Mr. Soros began harassing her and hired private security officers to follow her, making them even more anxiety. Ms. Ferreyr eventually moved into the building into apartment of a friend and is currently residing there.


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