Slashed Model Gets $78m

Posted: September 29, 1987

NEW YORK — Declaring "no amount of money can compensate" slashed model Marla Hanson for the anguish she has suffered, a Manhattan Supreme Court jury tried anyhow yesterday - and awarded her more than $78 million.

The staggering award was mostly in damages against landlord and makeup man Steven Roth, who engineered the razor attack, and the two men who carried it out. It included $5 million in lost future earnings.

"Thank you so much," Hanson, 26, said afterward as she hugged jury foreman Carolyn Gilbert, herself a former model now in publishing.

Hanson said the award was "much higher than I expected," but said she was aware that the three men serving five to 15 years for the June 1986 assault would not be likely to pay much of it. "It's really a statement" by the jury, she said.

Supreme Court Justice Irma Santaella noted the judgment is good for 20 years, which would cover any post-prison earnings of Roth and his henchmen, Steven Bowman and Darren Norman. However, the defendants could block future collection by declaring bankruptcy and sacrificing any property they own.

Even if the defendants did not declare bankruptcy, under state law, only 10 percent of salary can be withheld to satisfy judgments such as Hanson's.

Hanson said she would remain in New York and pursue a career as spokeswoman for a cosmetics firm.

More than 150 stitches were needed to close wounds Hanson suffered in the mid-Manhattan attack precipitated, she testified, because she spurned the sexual advances of Roth and demanded an $800 deposit he owed her for her apartment.

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