An NFL heiress didn't just launch into an anti-Semitic tirade against a lawyer and his family but also attacked him with her glass purse that resulted in a cut on his head.
Jacqueline Kent Cooke, the 29-year-old daughter of former Washington Redskin owner Jack Kent Cooke, was caught on camera in a New York City brawl on New Year's Eve.
The incident began around midnight at the Upper East Side restaurant Caravaggio as Cooke was waiting in line to get her coat, reported The Washington Post. The woman, who was reportedly inebriated, grew impatient and allegedly lashed out at a family in front of her, telling one of them, “Hurry up, Jew.”
That person turned out to be San Francisco lawyer Matthew Haberkorn, who was with his 77-year-old mother, wife and four daughters.
When Haberkorn’s wife, Linda Thomas, heard the anti-Semitic slur, she turned on Cooke and asked her what she said.
The unrepentant woman repeated, “Hurry up, Jew. I got places to be.”
“We all got places to be,” Thomas responded. “You know what? I take total offense at that. You’re small-minded.”
As the argument escalated, Cooke’s boyfriend, who has remained unidentified, jumped into the conversation, telling Haberkorn’s daughter, “Happy bat mitzvah, girls.”
Haberkorn then left the building and when Cooke and her companion came out, confronted the couple.
“I walked up to her and asked her why she said that,” Haberkorn told the NY Daily News. “She took her purse, which was a mirrored glass purse, and smashed me with it.”
It is believed the purse was a $300 Lulu Guinness Chloe Perspex Lipstick Clutch, which resulted in blood dripping down from Haberkorn’s head.
At this point, Haberkorn’s daughters started filming the incident on their cell phones.
The video shows Cooke’s boyfriend trying to interject himself in the fight and grabbing Haberkorn.
“She just f***ing hit me,” Haberkorn told him.
“You called me a f***ing b**** and a c***,” said Cooke, who had ended up on the ground.
“You called me a f***ing Jew,” retorted Haberkorn.
The video turned shaky as Cooke tried to stand up but then fell down. Her boyfriend accused Haberkorn of throwing her down — although it didn’t seem so in the video.
“I didn’t f***ing touch her,” the lawyer responded.
His wife also told attorney Andrew T. Miltenberg that the heiress said to her, “Why don’t you use your money to get a nose job?"
The couple ran off after the incident.
Haberkorn is now pressing charges against Cooke for hate crime and civil rights violations. He said he didn’t recognize Cooke but the restaurant gave her name to the NYPD.
Numerous people have criticized Cooke on Twitter for her racist views, including singer and activist Clay Aiken.
1) Why isn't this classified as a hate crime? 2) Can we also have a new class of crime with higher penalties when the perpetrator is a rich/spoiled and entitled brat? #daddyshouldawhoopedherassgrowingup https://t.co/oMrYmXovHW (via @ABC)— Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) January 4, 2018
NYC socialite whose family once owned the Washington Redskins hurls anti-Semitic slur, attacks man with designer glass clutch purse, falls down on sidewalk, gets arrested. Italian chefs everywhere kiss their fingertips in unison https://t.co/fJWk8WdnjJ— bored yet terrified (@morninggloria) January 4, 2018
Is socialite a euphemism for someone who can’t find a job? the name of the team her dad owns is just as bad “redskins”. Racism handed down the generations & continued. Vile. Socialite arrested for assault after alleged Jew-bashing meltdown https://t.co/Vy4W24VBLI via @pagesix— Viviane Zabbal (@vivzabbal) January 4, 2018
This is Jacqueline Kent Cooke getting arrested for attacking a man, who she believed to be a Jew, outside a restaurant in New York. @SusanKentCooke, what kind of child did you raise? What is wrong with you people? #jacquelinekentcooke #drunk #antisemite #commoncriminal pic.twitter.com/8CZXIrIE6j— Sheila Larson (@elephantherd1) January 4, 2018
https://t.co/j6sM5eolEm@ShaunKing can you imagine if it was a young minority or a poor person who did this?? Assault with a weapon and a hate crime at THE LEAST I bet she doesn't do 1 day in jail #stopwealthyeliteentitlement— Thomas Patrick (@getwhatyouask4) January 4, 2018
NFL heiress and socialite Jacqueline Kent Cooke made anti Jewish remarks and struck a bystander with her pricey glass purse causing physical damage. This simply proves that money does not breed class. She showed she is young, ill bred, obnoxious and classless.— Ed Stack Sr (@EdStackSr1) January 4, 2018
Cooke later denied anything happened on New Year’s Eve but turned herself in at the 19th Precinct police station. She has now been charged with a felony count of second-degree assault and the incident is being investigated by the Hate Crimes Task Force.
She was arraigned on Thursday and has filed a counter complaint against Haberkorn.
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