Monserrate shown pulling girlfriend in court video
New York State Sen. Hiram Monserrate (AP)
A video played in state Senator Hiram Monserrate's assault trial yesterday shows the Queens Democrat wrestling his girlfriend out the door as she seemingly tries to pull away from him on the night he allegedly attacked her.
The one-minute video depicts Monserrate's girlfriend, Karla Giraldo, leaving his Jackson Heights apartment and running down the stairs with the senator following her. Giraldo holds a white towel to her face as tries to dodge into another apartment.
Before she can flee, Monseratte grabs her by the arm and steers her toward the building's front door. Giraldo appears to scream in the building's vestibule and tries to grab onto the front door. Monseratte manages to get her outside and the pair is shown walking down the empty street.
The video, which has no sound, was taken in the former police officer's apartment building on Dec. 19 and made available online at news sites yesterday. The grainy video also seems to show Monserrate yanking Giraldo away from a neighbor’s door.
Monserrate, 42, is on trial for cutting Giraldo's face with a broken water glass after finding an officer's union card in her pocketbook, according to prosecutors.Giraldo later said it was an accident.