"The information the police and the DA are leaking to the press are absolute lies," Monserrate said. "I never hit Karla, yanked her hair or abused her in any way. Any videotapes the police obtained from my building will back me up."
The NYPD and District Attorney Richard Brown are pursuing a "political lynching," Monserrate claimed, because he has challenged both agencies.
Two sources close to Monserrate gave this account:
Giraldo was slightly drunk when she showed up at his apartment that night after a Christmas party. He found a cop's PBA card in her pocketbook. They argued, but then made up, went to bed and even had sex.
Around 2:30 a.m., Monserrate went to the kitchen to get Giraldo a glass of water.
When he returned to the bedroom, he tripped as he was getting into the high platform bed and fell on top of Giraldo. The glass shattered in his right hand. As his hand came down, the jagged glass gashed her above her left eye.
No one familiar with domestic abuse cases would believe that scenario. A doctor at Long Island Jewish Medical Center didn't - and called police. Even some of Monserrate's close friends were ready to abandon him.
Hiram Monserrate: NYPD, DA pursuing a "political lynching"
Took him awhile to come up with this stuff. This might make sense except that the tapes supposedly show Karla and Hiram arriving at his place together. And why did Hiram look in her pocketbook? Would he be ok with her fishing through his wallet?
And that part about Hiram having sex? Thanks for the tidbit, but that was definitely T.M.I. Here's something interesting from Newsday:
Police seized drinking glasses yesterday from the Queens apartment of state Sen. Hiram Monserrate so investigators could conduct tests and compare the results to the cuts suffered by his girlfriend during an argument over another man, law enforcement sources said yesterday.
Sources said tests will be conducted on seven drinking glass seized yesterday as evidence. If Monserrate tripped and fell, the angle and pressure of the wounds would be different from if he stuck her with the broken glass, sources said.