Jordan De Goey bar incident in New York, charge dropped, assault, lawyer, Collingwood contract
Collingwood star Jordan De Goey has seen ‘forced touching’ charges against him dropped, reports 9News‘Michael Genovese from the United States.
De Goey was initially charged with an alleged incident with a 35-year-old woman, with police claiming he had taken “the woman’s private areas outside of the clothes without permission”.
On Tuesday, however, it emerged prosecutors were not prosecuting the charge which carries a maximum jail term of one year.
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He is still scheduled to appear in New York court on December 8 for assault and harassment after being charged with punching and kicking a 37-year-old man.
De Goey has pleaded not guilty.
The 25-year-old has hired the services of a major US law firm to fight serious charges arising from an alleged brawl at a Manhattan nightclub.
It comes as Collingwood’s teammates offered their support to De Goey – whose AFL career is now in jeopardy – but stressed that he would have to pay a heavy price if found guilty.
De Goey on Sunday afternoon (AEDT) was released on bail after pleading not guilty to groping a woman and attacking her friend following an alleged incident at the PHD Rooftop Lounge in New York City in inside the Dream Hotel.
On Monday evening, multiple media cited indictment documents from the NYPD, which indicated that De Goey was arrested inside the Dream Hotel at 2:44 a.m. local time and charged with forcibly touching a 35-year-old woman. years. The documents also alleged that De Goey “punched and kicked a 37-year-old man” who came to the aid of the woman.
De Goey’s tattoo friend Luke Dyson – who posted a story video to Instagram on Monday while taking a helicopter ride over Manhattan – has been charged with similar offenses.
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The Collingwood midfielder turned to Brafman & Associates – one of New York’s top defense law firms – for the assault case. The high-powered law firm is the same one used by disgraced Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein when he was charged with rape in 2018, while the company was also exploited by rapper Jay-Z and Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs.
As part of his bail conditions, De Goey is due to report to authorities every week and reappear in court – in person – on December 8.
9 News reported that De Goey will be flying to California to continue his off-season training ahead of his court date. His manager, Ryan Vague, has suggested to multiple media outlets that De Goey will issue a statement in the coming days.
Collingwood released his own statement on Sunday night, confirming he had suspended De Goey – who is under contract with the club until the end of 2022 – indefinitely in a move that has cast doubt on the 25-year career in the AFL.
Magpies defenseman Brayden Maynard said on Monday he contacted De Goey by text.
“He obviously made another mistake and he has to pay for anything,” Maynard said. 7 Melbourne News.
“I just texted him saying ‘buddy, I’m here for you no matter what.’
Collingwood vice-captain Jeremy Howe has suggested the Pies playgroup will face De Goey with respect when he returns.
“It won’t be like, ‘Let’s just sit in a room and grill for an hour. We just want to know that you are okay and how did you end up in this situation and how can we avoid it next time since it’s not the first time, ”Howe said. 7 Melbourne News.
The AFL approved Collingwood’s decision to remove De Goey on Sunday evening, adding that the AFL’s integrity team would continue to work with the club regarding the incident.