Given his many philanthropic endeavors, his business ventures and of course his 1989 conviction for insider trading, court battles are nothing new to George Soros.

But the 83-year-old billionaire found himself in an unexpected scuffle Tuesday when an ex-girlfriend started hitting him during a deposition.

According to court papers obtained by the New York Daily News, South American soap–opera actress Adriana Ferreyr attacked Soros in court after being told that she could not videotape an interview of her ex-boyfriend conducted by her attorney, William Beslow.

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Ferreyr initiated the lawsuit after Soros allegedly reneged on a promise to give her a $1.9 million New York condominium, and instead gave it to Tamiko Bolton, whom he married last fall. But when Soros’ attorneys objected to Ferreyr’s announcement that she would be recording his testimony – which was a violation of terms previously agreed upon – she lost her temper and attacked her ex, knocking loose the hearing device he was using.

Ironically, Singer requested that the presiding judge, Debra James, order Ferreyr not to destroy or otherwise modify the recordings she conducted prior to the attack. There’s no word on how the incident will affect the outcome of Ferreyr’s suit against Soros, but if a judge rules against her based on the content of those recordings – meaning, her behavior rather than his statements – she may soon provide the legal community with a new precedent in being hoisted by your own petard.

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SOURCE: New York Daily News