The New York socialite daughter of a former Washington Redskins owner has been denied a plea deal after she was accused of bashing a man on the head with glass purse in an anti-Semitic attack.
Jacqueline Kent Cooke, 29, faced Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday to hear that prosecutors were still considering what type of deal to offer her.
Wearing a cream dress with a black bow, Cooke appeared in court with her hand still in a brace following surgery on her ring finger for an injury sustained during the incident on New Year’s Eve.
Cooke, who is charged with second-degree assault, is due back in court in May.
Jacqueline Kent Cooke, 29, faced Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday to hear that prosecutors were still considering what type of deal to offer her
The assault charge stems from the New Year’s Eve incident, in which a family accused her of yelling ‘Hurry up Jew’ and she was filmed in a subsequent sidewalk scuffle.
Cooke claims she actually said ‘I have to get through’ as she left the the swanky Upper East Side restaurant Caravaggio about 15 minutes before midnight.
Her accuser Matthew Haberkorn, 52, has himself been charged in the incident after Cooke filed a cross-complaint.
Haberkorn alleges that Cooke was waiting in line behind his mother at the coat check when she said: ‘Hurry up Jew, I got places to be.’
Her boyfriend allegedly chimed in with his own remark, telling Haberkorn’s daughters: ‘Happy bat mitzvah, girls.’
Wearing a cream dress with a black bow, Cooke appeared in court with her hand still in a brace following surgery on her finger for an injury sustained during the incident on New Year’s Eve
Cooke, who is charged with second-degree assault, is due back in court in May
Haberkorn claims that when he confronted Cooke outside the restaurant, she beat him on the head with her Lulu Guinness Chloe Mirrored Perspex Box clutch.
Cooke, however, insists she was misheard.
‘We had a really nice dinner and were rushing to go to a friend’s apartment before the clock struck midnight. We were right behind Mr Haberkorn’s family in the line, but they were taking a really long time looking for their tickets, so I – ticket in hand -told his mother, ‘Excuse me I have to get through’,’ Cooke told Page Six.
‘She clearly didn’t hear what I said and immediately screamed at the top of her lungs, “She called me a Jew!”.’
Cooke, who says she didn’t know they were Jewish, claims she immediately tried to diffuse the situation but the rest of Haberkorn’s family started yelling at her.
Cooke was arrested and charged in January (pictured above in cuffs) with assault following the shocking confrontation in the swanky Upper East Side restaurant Caravaggio
In a video filmed by one of Haberkorn’s daughters, the lawyer can be seen with blood trickling down his face, while Cooke is seen lying on the ground and struggling to stand
Weapon of choice: Cooke (above with Amanda Hearst) can be seen carrying the same Lulu Guinness Chloe Mirrored Perspex Box purse at an event last year
She claims she fled the restaurant but Haberkorn, who had been in the bathroom at the time, confronted her outside.
‘He came out in a rage,’ Cooke said. ‘Mr Haberkorn tried to push my boyfriend around, and I didn’t know what to do, so I hit him with my purse. I was defending my boyfriend, I was frightened, I was scared, but I never intended to hurt Mr Haberkorn.’
Part of the incident was caught on camera by one of Haberkorn’s daughters who filmed her father in a scuffle with Cooke and her boyfriend on the sidewalk.
In the video Haberkorn’s head can be seen trickling blood from two places, while Cooke is seen lying on the ground and struggling to stand.
‘You called me a f***ing bitch, you called me a c**t,’ Cooke is heard shouting in the video.
Cooke is the daughter of the late Jack Kent Cooke, who owned the Redskins, along with the Los Angeles Lakers and Kings
Haberkorn looks at Cooke and shouts: ‘You called me a f***ing Jew.’
The video ended after Cooke appeared to try to tackle Haberkorn, but fell to the sidewalk yet again.
The couple then ran away as Cooke could be heard claiming ‘self-defense’ and ‘you harassed me’ over her shoulder as she fled.
Cooke, who previously worked for shoe designer Isa Tapia as the director of PR and marketing, is facing up to seven years in prison in the incident.
Cooke is the daughter of the late Jack Kent Cooke, who owned the Redskins, along with the Los Angeles Lakers and Kings.
Her mother Suzanne was the third of Jack Kent Cooke’s four wives, marrying the millionaire businessman when she was 31 and he was 74 in 1987.