And did the 80-year-old billionaire throw a lamp at said girlfriend after they got into a fight about Soros giving the apartment to his new girlfriend? Anyone looking to escape this week's maddening stock market might check out a gross but kind of entertaining lawsuit filed against Soros by Brazilian soap opera star - and economics student - Adriana Ferreyr (she's the one all bandaged up above). The two kids met in the Hamptons five years ago, and by 2007 they were spending their vacations together. She now claims that Soros reneged on two separate promises to buy her a NY apartment, causing extreme emotion distress. She wants $50 million. From DealBook:
During a trip to the Caribbean she mentioned to Mr. Soros she had found her "dream home" but was worried she couldn't afford it. Mr. Soros later told her not to worry about the cost, he wanted to "make her happy" and that he would buy the apartment in his company's name. "Soros specifically stated, "Don't worry it's yours, I am only putting it in the name of a company for tax purposes as I want to avoid paying gift taxes," the complaint says. In early 2010 Ms. Ferreyr made an offer on the apartment, hired a designer and Mr. Soros's company signed a contract to buy the apartment.
That was where things went south. In March, immediately after the apartment closed, Mr. Soros broke up with Ms. Ferreyr. Ms. Ferreyr was distraught, but was hopeful the split was only temporary. She continued to live in another apartment while finishing a semester at Columbia University. In June the couple got back together and later that summer, while laying in bed, Mr. Soros dropped a bombshell on Ms. Ferreyr about the apartment. "I gave it to my girlfriend and she is flourishing," he said, according to the complaint.
That's what led to the fight, which, according to the suit, got pretty nasty.Of course, that's not quite the way Soros sees it.
William Zabel, a lawyer for Mr. Soros, said the suit was "frivolous and entirely without merit". He said Mr. Soros had an "on-again, off-again and nonexclusive relationship," but Ms. Ferreyr's complaint was "riddled with false charges and is obviously an attempt to extract money from my client, who is a very wealthy man."