The woman accused of fatally shoving Broadway singing coach Barbara Gustern, 87, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of manslaughter and assault.
Lauren Pazienza, 26, shoved Gustern in an unprovoked attack that put the singing coach in the hospital, where she died five days later. Pazienza pleaded not guilty to the charges against her, arguing that she never intended to seriously hurt anyone.
Her attorney, Arthur Aidala, told People that the evidence against his client was unclear and that “there clearly was no intent to do serious harm to anyone.”
Pazienza was celebrating her upcoming wedding with her fiancé on the night of the shoving incident, The New York Times reported. Prosecutors from the Manhattan district attorney’s office said in court that Pazienza had several glasses of wine with her fiancé before eventually purchasing food from a food cart and entering Chelsea Park.
A Parks Department employee reportedly told the couple that they
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