Anna Sorokin | Dennis onabajo
A banker tasked with reviewing a loan application from “Soho grifter” Anna Sorokin sent her flirtatious texts after her application was rejected.
Dennis Onabajo, a married banker who previously worked for private equity firm Fortress, was overseeing the $ 22 million loan application that Sorokin planned to use to open an arts space at Aby Rosen’s 281 Park Avenue South, according to the New York Post.
The texts emerged in connection with Sorokin’s ongoing fraud trial in New York City, where she is on trial for robbery, attempted robbery and theft of services. The 28-year-old socialite who posed as a German heiress by the name of Anna Delvey, first convinced Onabajo that she was worth 60 million euros.
After Fortress refused the loan in February 2017, Onabajo sent Sorokin a total of 158 text messages. On one occasion, after Onabajo allegedly met Sorokin in the lobby of his apartment building on 11 Howard Street, he texted him saying, “Let me go upstairs and say goodbye as it should be” – an offer he she declined.
Another time in March 2017, he allegedly texted, “I force myself not to kiss you because you are so incredibly beautiful.”
His defense attorney, Todd Spodek, referred to the texts in his opening statement last week and then again during his questioning on Monday of former Onabajo Fortress Director Spencer Garfield.
Garfield was allegedly introduced to Sorokin through the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, which represented her in the application. Gibson Dunn is also asking Sorokin for $ 250,000 in unpaid legal fees.
Onabajo is said to have left the fortress two months after sending the text messages to Sorokin. Fortress was acquired by SoftBank for $ 3.3 billion last year. [NYP] – David Jeans