Ex-reality TV non-public eye Vincent Parco says Brooklyn’s district legal professional used him to “thank” a serious voter base by arresting him in September.
Parco’s bust in an alleged blackmail scheme involving a lodge tryst got here per week after Performing District Lawyer Eric Gonzalez gained the Democratic major — all however securing his coveted job.
“Mr. Parco is a seasoned investigator who upon info and perception is being focused to curry favor with the Satmar/Orthodox Neighborhood, and amongst different issues in retribution for his many earlier investigations concerning the Satmar/Orthodox Neighborhood,” Parco’s lawyer, Peter Gleason, charged in a current courtroom submitting.
Gleason argued the “Parco, P.I.” star’s first courtroom look on the salacious expenses and a Sept. 19 press launch trumpeting the case was “timed as a thank-you reward to the Orthodox/Hasidic neighborhood for Mr. Gonzalez’s vote tally from their neighborhood.”
He mentioned Parco, 67, has a historical past of poking round in issues involving the non secular teams and as soon as checked out a “firetrap” neighborhood heart in Williamsburg that was constructed by members of the Satmar sect.
Gleason hurled the accusations in response to the DA’s bid to dam Parco, his former consumer Samuel Israel, 45, and Parco’s ex-associate Tanya Freudenthaler, 41, from disseminating proof. The three are charged with scheming to attempt to silence a girl who beforehand accused Israel of sexually assaulting her when she was 12. Israel was arrested on these allegations in 2016.
Prosecutors say the scheme concerned Israel hiring Parco for $17,000 to report the soiled deeds a relative of the accuser was set as much as commit. The purpose was to strain the sufferer to cease cooperating.
However the sufferer’s household grew to become offended as an alternative of ashamed and reported the alleged shakedown efforts and the footage to the DA’s workplace, prosecutors mentioned.
Parco faces allegations of selling prostitution, illegal surveillance and different counts. The DA’s workplace says the intention of the setup was to derail the intercourse crimes investigation in opposition to Israel.
Prosecutors hope to persuade a choose to dam the protection from publicly discussing or disclosing footage of the sufferer’s relative’s December 2016 romp, “which is totally affordable given the fees at problem right here,” Assistant District Lawyer Gwen Barnes wrote in November.
Gleason says restrictions of any sort mustn’t stand and denies that Parco knew in regards to the alleged body job.
Parco “wants all the invention, with none encumbrances, so as to placed on his protection in addition to to clear his good identify,” the lawyer wrote.
A spokesman for the Brooklyn DA declined to remark.