Mingus Reedus is charged with misdemeanor assault for the Sept. 24 incident, the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Info (DCPI) beforehand confirmed to PEOPLE.
In an announcement to PEOPLE, Mingus’ lawyer Isabelle Kirshner mentioned: “The charges are baseless and will be met with a rigorous defense. He was the victim is this incident.”
Representatives for Norman and Christensen, each 52, didn’t instantly reply to PEOPLE’s request for remark.
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Authorities responded to a 911 name at 10:15 p.m. native time on Sept. 24 concerning an assault that befell close to Mulberry Avenue and Baxter Avenue in the neighborhood of the fifth Precinct, in accordance with the NYPD’s DCPI.
There, a 24-year-old girl — whose id has not been revealed — instructed police that she had a verbal confrontation with an unknown male, who was later recognized as Mingus, authorities allege.
The lady mentioned that he punched her in the face, and police reported that she obtained an harm under her left eye. Per authorities, she was taken to New York’s Downtown Hospital the place she was in steady situation.
After the incident, Mingus spoke with The New York Daily News, the place he alleged that the girl and her mates got here after him and his mates whereas they had been attending the San Gennaro pageant in New York Metropolis’s Little Italy district.
Detailing to the outlet that the girl gave the impression to be drunk, Mingus mentioned she and her mates went after him when he “threw his arm out” to guard himself, by chance hitting the girl. “It was instinct,” he defined. “I was reacting to them swarming me and was afraid for the safety of my group.”
“We didn’t think anything of it, but these five girls followed us for two blocks, throwing food at us and yelling. We told them to leave us alone, but they kept following, threatening to hurt my girlfriend and her friend,” Mingus continued. “It was very apparent that these girls were under the influence and looking for a fight.”
When Mingus and his group arrived at a nook, the mannequin alleged that the women “swarmed” him, with “one pulling my hair from the back, another throwing water in my face.” He reiterated that he put his arm out to guard himself, noting that police then rapidly acquired concerned. There, he mentioned authorities noticed one of many women was harm and “refused to listen to the context.”