Al Pirro case: Conn. charges dropped

NEWS 12 WESTCHESTER: Al Pirro was accused of violently shaking a woman outside of a Connecticut bar. (Sept. 11, 2012)

Albert Pirro, estranged husband of former Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro, was cleared of charges stemming from a June incident with another woman at a tony Greenwich hotel.

A Connecticut judge on Tuesday dismissed the unlawful-restraint and disorderly-conduct charges against the 65-year-old power broker and Republican lobbyist. He was accused of screaming obscenities while violently shaking Glorianne Mattesi around 10:20 p.m. on June 14 at the J House Hotel.

Security told police that Pirro "was grabbing a female's wrists and vigorously shaking her," according to a police report, also stating that Pirro refused to let Mattesi leave.

Mattesi was not seriously injured and did not cooperate with police.

A clean-cut Pirro, of White Plains, dressed in a navy blue pinstriped suit, appeared pleased that the charges were dropped in court Tuesday morning, News12 reported.

It was said in open court that Pirro had gone through 12 bi-weekly therapy sessions with a psychologist and that he had met the doctor's approval for treatment, according to News12.

"Al Pirro should have never been arrested in the first place," said Pirro's attorney, Edward Gavin. He told Newsday Tuesday afternoon that the arrest was a "gross overreaction."

"The matter is now resolved," Gavin said. "It's an embarrassment that he was arrested to begin with."

Gavin said Pirro is "happy that the right thing happened."

The order of protection that barred Pirro from contacting Mattesi has been lifted, Gavin said, but the attorney would not comment on the pair's relationship or if they have had any contact since.

At a court appearance in July, a victim's advocate for Mattesi, a real estate agent in Westchester, told the judge that the alleged victim "enjoys a normal friendship with Mr. Pirro and would like everything to get back to normal as soon as possible."

Pirro did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This hasn't been the first time the Pirros were shrouded in controversy.

In 2006, publicity about the Pirros' marital woes damaged Jeanine Pirro's bid to be elected state attorney general. Although no charges were filed, an investigation was launched by federal prosecutors after allegations arose that she suspected her husband of cheating on her and had teamed up with former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik to bug Albert Pirro's boat.

The next year, the couple separated after 32 years of marriage.

In 2000, Albert Pirro was convicted of tax fraud and spent 11 months behind bars. Two years earlier, news surfaced that he fathered a daughter outside the marriage in 1982.

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