Wright v. Musanti

A man and a woman work in neighboring Manhattan buildings but had never met until, “as often happens on crowded New York streets, [their] paths crossed.” The start of an unlikely romance? No. She steps on his heel as he’s crossing in front of her; they altercate. The woman presses charges; the man gets arrested. Yikes! Surveillance video shows that she, contrary to what she told police, was the initial aggressor, kicking, scratching, hitting, and threatening him, and not acting in self-defense. Second Circuit: So she can pay him $15k (including $10k in punitive damages).

Tags: 2018, Assault, Battery, False Arrest, Second Circuit

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