The California woman who filed assault charges against prominent restaurateur Freddie Glusman is talking to the media.
Jennifer Kenney, 30, told an Orange Country Register columnist that Glusman, owner of Piero’s Italian Cuisine in Las Vegas and The Ritz in Newport Beach, beat her on June 25 at his Newport Beach home.
Kenney, who was a cocktail waitress at The Ritz until about three years ago, said she and her boyfriend were having drinks with friends when Glusman sent over some wine and came over to the table with some friends.
She told the Register that Glusman’s friends included some Las Vegas pals, casino owner Gary Primm and entertainer Jimmy Hopper.
The group partied together while Hopper played a piano and sang.
Kenney told the Register that her boyfriend left after a heated text-messaging exchange with his ex-wife over a motorcycle.
About 11 p.m., Glusman approached her and said the party was moving to his house and invited her to ride over with him.
“I’d been there several times. Obviously, he was somebody I trusted,” she said.
When they arrived at his home, Kenney said, she sat on a sofa while Glusman poured drinks.
After joining her, Glusman exposed himself, she told Register columnist Frank Mickadeit, and asked her to perform a sex act.
“I said, ‘No way.’ ” she said. “He started choking me and yelling, ‘I’m going to (expletive) kill you.’ … I couldn’t breathe. I thought I was going to die. After he was done choking me, he started socking me in the face, like, 20 times” with a closed fist.
As she rose from the sofa, Kenney said, Glusman punched her again.
“That’s when I lost it and punched him in the face.”
Kenney said she stumbled out of the house and called 911.
According to a police report, officers arrived at 1:57 a.m. and found a “female acquaintance” of Glusman who required medical treatment.
Glusman was arrested and booked for battery with serious bodily injury. The woman lost a tooth and had cuts and bruises, according to the police report.
Glusman told me by telephone on Wednesday that it was “strictly self defense.”
His attorney, Joe Smith, showed the Register columnist a photo that indicated Glusman lost a tooth as well and suggested that some of the bruises on the restaurateur were caused by Kenney’s stiletto heels.
Newport Beach cops found Glusman about 2 a.m. in his car, in his garage, talking on a cell phone. He was bailed out of jail for $25,000 and flew to Hawaii aboard Primm’s Gulfstream V, according to the Register.
The case is still being investigated.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
The 21-member Dallas Mavericks Dancers are in town to shoot their 2008-2009 calendar at local hot spots, starting Saturday at the Treasure Island lagoon. Other sites include the Neon Boneyard, Jet nightclub and Bare pool at The Mirage, and at Valley of Fire State Park. They will be at The Bank nightclub (Bellagio) on Sunday and Jet on Monday.
MAY I RECOMMEND
The Regeneration Tour, made up of 1980s pop icons The Human League, Belinda Carlisle, ABC, Naked Eyes and Dead or Alive, is performing at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Theatre for the Performing Arts at Planet Hollywood Resort. Most of the tickets are $69, with a limited number of premium seats available at $125.
Washington Wizards forward Antawn Jamison and Toronto Raptors forward Jermaine O’Neal, at rapper Fat Joe‘s table after he performed Wednesday at LAX (Luxor). Also in the house: newly retired NFL star Jonathan Ogden, Al Harrington of the Golden State Warriors, Zaza Pachulia of the Atlanta Hawks, and former NBA player Eric Williams. … Morris Day of the band Morris Day & The Time, at Body English (Hard Rock) on Wednesday. … Mike Tyson, at the Zab Judah-Joshua Clottey press conference Thursday at the Palms. They fight Saturday at The Palms.
THE PUNCH LINE
“No shampoo on planes I understand, but guns? What is this, Damascus?” — From David Letterman‘s “Top Ten Jerry Lewis Excuses.”
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