Anna Delvey’s ex-lawyer is still in the hospital and wants to delay fines

Anna Sorokin’s ex-lawyer is trying to delay the $1,000-a-day fine imposed on her in a lawsuit filed by the wrong heiress – because she is still in the hospital after suffering a medical episode last week court collapsed.

Audrey Thomas slumped in Sorokin’s lawsuit during a Manhattan court hearing on Friday, accusing her former attorney, who has since been disbarred, of withholding legal records.

“My heart hurts! I need an ambulance! …I can’t breathe!” Thomas sobbed before she was wheeled out on a gurney and taken to the hospital.

The hearing resumed thereafter, with Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron imposing a daily $1,000 fine on Thomas, accruing Wednesday — and continuing until she either turned over the remaining court filings to Sorokin or declared, where they went.

But on Tuesday, Thomas’ lawyer, Robert Nir, asked the judge to delay the fines from taking effect until March 30 because his client remains hospitalized. Nir also detailed the steps he took to help get the recordings for Sorokin – aka Anna Delvey, the subject of Netflix’s Inventing Anna.

Audrey Thomas in a hospital bed.
Anna Sorokin’s ex-lawyer is still in hospital after a medical incident in court last week.
Law Office of Ronald Nir

Audrey Thomas will be wheeled out of court on Friday.
Thomas’ attorney is asking a judge to delay the enactment of a civil contempt order and a $1,000 daily fine Wednesday.
Stephen Hirsch

“Thomas remains hospitalized and is reported to be receiving at least six weeks of daily physical therapy after discharge to address physical deficiencies resulting from medical issues she had on March 10,” Nir wrote to the Judge .

“I contend that given my client’s continued hospitalization, it will be impossible for her to take any steps to circumvent the 1,000-day sanction imposed by this court on March 10, 2023, beginning March 15, 2023 should,” Nir said in court filings, which included photos of Thomas in a hospital bed.

Ahead of the dramatic scene in the courtroom, Thomas Engoron had asked that the hearing be postponed due to civil contempt against her, saying she was unable to represent herself in the case due to ill health. Her lawyer was unable to appear in court because of a broken ankle.

Anna Sorokin and her representative go to court.
The dramatic episode occurred during a hearing in Sorokin’s lawsuit against Thomas for alleged withholding of documents.
Stephen Hirsch

Engoron denied Thomas’ motion, who told the court her blood pressure had skyrocketed since she found out she was in danger of being despised.

Sorokin, 32, filed a lawsuit last year, alleging that Thomas failed to return audio recordings of her immigration hearings, her immigration and customs and parole documents, files from her original defense attorney, and personal items, including headphones and sunglasses.

Sorokin’s attorney, Duncan Levin, told Engoron his client has been waiting for the documents for over a year and that she needs them to appeal against her criminal conviction — for stealing $200,000 from banks and businesses — and her deportation.

Anna Sorokin in a court elevator.
Sorokin sued Thomas last year over the recordings, which she says she will have to appeal her conviction and fight her deportation.
Stephen Hirsch

Anna Sorokin walks through a court corridor.
Sorokin – who is under house arrest because of her deportation case – came to court with an ankle bracelet.
Stephen Hirsch

The “SoHo Grifter” – who went by the alias Delvey, a German heiress with a fortune of €60 million – was under house arrest with a GPS ankle monitor until her deportation case. She previously served four years in prison following her criminal conviction in 2019.

“Anna Sorokin has now been locked motionless in her apartment for six months awaiting various legal parts to come into effect,” Sorokin’s spokesman Juda Engelmayer told The Post.

“This has been going on for too long and just as we are attending to and taking care of Ms. Thomas’ medical needs, we are focusing on Anna’s need to move forward, to appeal her conviction and solve her immigration case,” said Engelmayer. “If this were addressed and handled properly the first time, neither Ms Thomas nor Ms Sorokin would be in the situation they are in now.”

Nir did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday. Anna Delvey’s ex-lawyer is still in the hospital and wants to delay fines


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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