Jacqueline Kent Cooke files cross complaint after alleged assault
Submitted by The Armchair Attorney
The following story is quite typical of how many lawyers operate, especially personal injury attorneys.
First an innocent restaurant patron was falsely accused of an anti-semitic slur by the wife. Then she was chased down the street by the husband (he was in the bathroom at the time) of the woman who misheard the slur that was never said. (He — Matthew Haberkorn — also happens to be a personal injury lawyer.)
The mortified and falsely accused patron then attempts to remove herself — QUICKLY — from the restaurant, and particularly from the crazy family that went into a raging hysteria.
But the lawyer persists in his hot pursuit of the shell-shocked woman…right down the street. She then panics for the safety of her male friend and hits the lawyer on the head with her purse.
The rest of this Upper East Side drama that took place at the Caravaggio Ristorante is now all over the tabloids being misrepresented in every way possible by the lawyer husband (see for yourself in the video below) and his attorney.
Jacqueline Kent Cooke, the alleged assailant, appears to be perfectly innocent, except for smacking the guy upside the head with her purse because he was aggressively chasing the couple down the street for no good reason.
*CAVEAT: There’s no question that alcohol was to blame for perhaps every aspect of this Manhattan mayhem. From watching the video it appears that lawyer Matthew Haberkorn had too much to drink, just as Ms. Cooke may have over-indulged given her body weight. Moral of the story: lawyers should be very careful about drinking in public places especially when they summarily mete out punishment after unilaterally handing down a sentence based upon a patently false verdict. Lawyers should know not to act a judge and jury, prosecutor and executioner, particularly when they skipped the trial. As for Ms. Cooke, she should never have left home with her “Lulu Guinness mirror perspex clutch”, especially if she intended on drinking. Not only are those glass purses quite expensive, they’re hard as hell as Matthew Haberkorn found out the hard way.
N.B. Now read the article below to see how the mainstream media has fabricated a narrative that grossly misrepresented the true story. Now just why does the MSM always get away with such truth-twisting shenanigans? On whose behalf, exactly, are they acting? Really, it’s very important to ask “Cui bono?” in this scenario, and in many others that are quite similar. The final outcome of any legal actions will certainly be quite telling.
Socialite in alleged ‘Jew-bashing meltdown’ says she’s the victim
By Emily Smith and Ian Mohr
Jacqueline Kent Cooke — the socialite daughter of former Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke who was arrested after allegedly making an anti-Semitic slur at a Manhattan restaurant resulting in a sidewalk scuffle — insists she was misheard and is the victim.
Cooke, 29, was arrested and charged with assault after she got into a tussle with personal injury attorney Matthew Haberkorn, whom she then bashed on the head with her heavy perspex purse on New Year’s Eve.
The incident kicked off in the line for the cloakroom at fancy Upper East Side restaurant Caravaggio after Cooke allegedly made an offensive comment to Haberkorn’s mother: “Hurry up, you Jew.”
But Cooke strongly denies uttering that comment. She told Page Six, “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.’ She clearly didn’t hear what I said, and immediately screamed at the top of her lungs, ‘She called me a Jew!’”
She says, “I was mortified and I tried to calm things down by explaining, ‘I didn’t call anyone a Jew, I was just asking to get through.’ But by this point, Mr. Haberkorn’s wife and his daughters were yelling at me, and everyone in the restaurant was looking. I had no idea they were even Jewish.”
She says she’s been accused of being anti-Semitic, but “I am not, my grandmother is Jewish, so I am 25 percent Jewish. I never said that word, I would never say that to anyone.”
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Cooke says she and her date immediately fled the restaurant to escape the alleged Haberkorn hysterics. It was outside on the street that Haberkorn finally caught up with her. He had been in the bathroom as the slur scene started. Cooke claims, “He came out in a rage.” In the street scuffle that followed, she says, “Mr. Haberkorn tried to push my boyfriend around, and I didn’t know what to do, so I hit him with my purse [a Lulu Guinness mirror perspex clutch]. I was defending my boyfriend, I was frightened, I was scared, but I never intended to hurt Mr. Haberkorn.”
Her lawyer claimed in court Thursday that it was Cooke who was injured in the melee and that “my client clearly has a broken finger,” after Haberkorn followed her down the street and “continued to yell offensive slurs” before allegedly pushing her. Cooke tells us, “I was scared for my own safety, and that of my boyfriend, so we ran away.”
Cooke admits that she’d had more than a few drinks that night but insists she has a clear recollection of the incident.
She adds, “The guy Haberkorn — who is a professional personal injury lawyer — did a number on me, then he looked me up, found out who my dad is, and saw dollar signs when he learned my name.” She continued, “He assumed I was a billionaire, which I’m not, I live on a budget like anyone else, I get a monthly allowance, I am not shopping on Madison Avenue, I take the subway, and I am very frugal. I am not Paris Hilton.”
But Haberkorn’s attorney, Andrew T. Miltenberg, denied the allegations. There has been no civil suit filed in the case.
Cooke underwent surgery on her finger last week, we hear, and has filed a cross-complaint against Haberkorn. He’s received a desk appearance ticket and his lawyer says he’s fully cooperating.
Cooke, who’s been charged with second-degree felony assault, added, “It is so unfair because I didn’t do anything, I didn’t call anyone a Jew. Now I have people sending me messages saying that I should kill myself, that I should never have been born.”
Jacqueline Kent Cooke’s hand
Assistant Manhattan DA Jorge Deossa has said the incident was being investigated as a possible hate crime. Cooke — whose father was worth more than $800 million before his death in 1997 — is scheduled to return to court Feb. 15.
Haberkorn’s attorney Miltenberg told us in a statement: “Not surprisingly, Ms. Kent-Cooke has come up with yet another version of events, as she scrambles to avoid responsibility for her offensive behavior. It was Mr. Haberkorn’s wife, not his mother, who clearly heard Ms. Kent-Cooke use the word ‘Jew,’ and we are advised that a number of restaurant patrons reported witnessing Ms. Kent-Cooke’s behavior and hearing her spew her anti-Jewish venom. And it was Ms. Kent-Cooke, who assaulted Mr. Haberkorn.”
He added, “Ms. Kent-Cooke’s suggestion that Mr. Haberkorn is just after her money is Ms. Kent-Cooke looking to place blame instead of taking responsibility. The mere fact that Mr. Haberkorn is a civil litigator has absolutely nothing to do with Ms. Kent-Cooke’s anti-Semitic tirade directed at Mr. Haberkorn’s family. In fact, until it was confirmed by the NYPD, Mr. Haberkorn had no idea as to her identity. Even now, to Mr. Haberkorn and his family, she remains the woman that assaulted him, opened up two wounds on his head, and is now a beacon of prejudice, intolerance and anti-Semitism. The only difference, is that she encountered a man who is going to see that justice is served. That is what she is really upset about, isn’t it? She is not sorry, only embarrassed in her social circles. Instead of more half-truths and fabrications, Ms. Kent-Cooke, how about an apology.”
A rep for Cooke clarified after our story posted that she meant that the woman who “screamed at the top of her lungs, ‘She called me a Jew!’” was Haberkorn’s wife, not his mother.