The NFL heiress who allegedly beat up a man with a $300 glass purse last week after making an alleged anti-semitic remarkhas spoken out, denying claims she called the victim “a jew.”
Jacqueline Kent Cooke, daughter of the former Washington Redskins owner, allegedly attacked 52-year-old Matthew Haberkorn, on New Year’s Eve after eating at Caravaggio, a restaurant located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
According to Fox News, she is accused of stating, “Hurry up, Jew,” which ignited the violence. Cooke, 29, claims she said no such thing, and instead says she said, “Excuse me, I have to get through.”
Cooke told the New York Post that Haberkorn and his family were taking a “really long time looking for their tickets” in the cloakroom of Caravaggio’s. She claimed that after she said “I have to get through,” Haberkorn’s mother “immediately screamed at the top of her lungs” that Cooke made an anti-semitic statement.
“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,’” Cooke told the New York Post. “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.”
At some point, the verbal altercation escalated to violence. One of Haberkorn’s daughters recorded the chaos. In that clip, Cooke can be heard screaming “You called me a f-----g bitch, you called me a c–t!”
“You called me a f–---g Jew!” Haberkorn responded. The two appear to be wrestling outside on a sidewalk. Cooke allegedly attacked Haberkorn with a mirrored bag, valued at $300, at some point.
Cooke has been charged with felony assault. She told the New York Post that she thinks Haberkorn is after money.
“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. He assumed I was a billionaire, which I’m not,” she said. “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.”
“Not surprisingly, Ms. Kent-Cooke has come up with yet another version of events, as she scrambles to avoid responsibility for her offensive behavior,” Haberkorn’s lawyer, Andrew Miltenberg, said in a statement. “She is not sorry, only embarrassed in her social circles. Instead of more half-truths and fabrications, Ms. Kent-Cooke, how about an apology.”