A top New York prosecutor was found guilty of choking a woman during a drunken fight at a Halloween party last year. The former prosecutor, Eli Cherkasky, resigned from his position with the New York District Attorney’s Officer following the incident that occurred while he was dressed as Superman.
According to the Daily Mail, former New York prosecutor Eli Cherkasky was found guilty of assault, criminal obstruction of breathing, and harassment. The charges mean that the former prosecutor may be jailed for up to a year when his sentencing takes place next month.
The New York Post reports that the bizarre encounter and assault took place last year at a Halloween party at the Failte Bar on Second Avenue in New York. Cherkasky was at the party dressed as Superman when he assaulted a frightened Kristen Schuck.
Schuck appeared in court to testify against Cherkasky. The woman says she was at the bar when Cherkasky attacked her while he was frantically searching for his jacket. Schuck says that as Cherkasky looked for his jacket he picked up her purse and scarf. She says she snapped back at him and told him not to touch her things. Cherkasky then rushed towards the woman while calling her names. Therefore, the woman says she splashed beer in his face in a bid to slow him down.
“He screamed at me, ‘You c***!’ and started rushing toward me. I splashed beer in his face. I thought it would slow him down or stop him.”
However, things only got worse after the splash of beer. Schuck says the man in the Superman costume pushed her against a railing on the stairs and placed his hands around her neck. She says he began to choke her and she feared for her life.
Cherkasky’s lawyers claim that Schuck was the aggressor and threw beer at the man before drunkenly stumbling into the railing herself. The defense lawyer went on to claim that the woman simply enjoyed the spotlight and that it was all drama.
“Miss Schuck’s testimony was false. It was dramatically false. It was drama. She needed two breaks during direct examination. She began crying at the outset, she began crying again and needed a break, she even cried once on cross-examination. Her motive is hard to know but here’s an obvious one: Miss Schuck seems to enjoy the spotlight.”
Despite the claims that Schuck was providing false testimony, the jury did have access to what was called “blurry” surveillance footage and ultimately found Cherkasky guilty of the charges. The fake Superman will return to court November 5 for sentencing, where he faces up to a year in prison.
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