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Feb 13 2014 | 10:28am ET
George Soros was struck by his ex-girlfriend during a deposition this week, his lawyer alleges.
Martin Singer wrote in court papers that Adriana Ferreyr was abusive, disruptive and violent during the Tuesday deposition at her lawyer's offices. The allegations come just two weeks after Ferreyr had an angry encounter with one of Soros' lawyers in court.
Ferreyr has sued Soros for emotional distress, claiming he promised to give her two Manhattan apartments, one of which went to the woman he dumped Ferreyr for, his now-wife Tamiko Bolton.
According to Singer, Ferreyr appeared at the deposition two hours after it began, with a videographer in tow. Ferreyr's lawyer was questioning Soros.
"I am filming and calling CNN," Ferreyr allegedly said. "Everyone!"
Singer, Ferreyr's lawyer William Beslow and William Zabel, who is also representing Soros, agreed that the deposition could not be filmed. According to Singer, Ferreyr then struck Beslow and stormed off.
Following that incident, Ferreyr screamed at Soros in the hallway, calling him an "asshole" and "piece of shit," Singer said. She then turned her rage on her own lawyer, berating him for 20 minutes.
When the parties returned to the conference room to continue the deposition, Ferreyr insisted it not begin until she could get her computer to work, Singer continued. She then allegedly attempted to videotape the deposition with her cellular phone, prompting another objection from Singer.
That allegedly prompted another outburst from Ferreyr, in which she "began to yell expletives at me" and "prevented Mr. Beslow from asking any questions of Mr. Soros."
When the deposition broke for lunch, Singer alleges that, "suddenly and without warning," Ferreyr "lunged at Mr. Soros—who is 83 years old—and struck his head with her hands, knocking off the headphones he was wearing to amplify the audio in the room."
"Ms. Ferreyr pulled back her arm to strike Mr. Soros in the face," Singer continued. "I was able to grab both of [her] arms to move her away." After letting her go, Singer said, "Ferreyr immediately swung at my face, knocking off my glasses," and attempted to kick him when he sought to prevent her from stepping on those glasses. She then allegedly slapped Soros aide Jose Santos and kicked him in the shins.
Singer asked the judge in the case to block Ferreyr from destroying or altering the "audio, photographic or video recordings taken by her or at her direction" at the deposition.