NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City councilman accused of intentionally slashing his girlfriend in the face with a broken glass called it an "unfortunate accident" on Saturday.
"I have been charged with offenses that I did not commit and am not capable of committing," Hiram Monserrate, a Democratic councilman and state senator-elect, said in a statement a day after he was arrested on domestic violence charges.
Monserrate got into an argument with girlfriend Karla Giraldo, 30, early Friday at his Queens house, according to a criminal complaint. Giraldo said Monserrate broke a glass in his hand and cut her face with it, causing her to need 20 stitches around her left eye.
In court papers, Monserrate has said he tripped while holding a glass of water, and the glass accidentally hit his girlfriend.
During Monserrate's arraignment Friday, a prosecutor said Giraldo had changed her story, also saying the injury was an accident and asking not to proceed with charges.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Monserrate Falsely Accused
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