Law enforcement sources arrested a woman who hit California attorney Matthew Haberkorn, 52, on the head with a glass purse.
29-year-old Jacqueline Kent Cooke, the daughter of former Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke, is charged with second-degree assault. She is accused of allegedly assaulting a man with a $300 glass purse made by Lulu Guinness.
The incident happened on New Year’s Eve when Haberkorn and his family were in line at the coat check getting ready to leave the Upper East Side restaurant Caravaggio in Manhattan. Cooke standing behind them with her boyfriend got annoyed and told him “Hurry up, Jew”. Instead, Cooke claims that she said “Excuse me, I have to get through”. Haberkorn’s daughter began video taping the fight outside the restaurant where you can see Cooke on the ground trying to tackle Haberkorn. Cooke appeared to be drunk.
Andrew T. Miltenberg, Haberkorn’s lawyer, told People magazine that the family’s New Year holiday in New York was ruined. He said that his client is a good-humoured Californian man and he is very upset. He is looking forward to suing Cooke for hate crime and civil rights violation.
Cooke claims that she was hurt in the incident, too. According to the Daily News, she filed a counter-complaint against Haberkorn. In her first court appearance, represented by a public defender, Cooke accused Haberkorn of seeing dollar signs because of her billionaire father. She told the New York Post that she lived on a budget and got a monthly allowance, she used to take subway like everyone else and she was not shopping like Paris Hilton.