After being accused of slugging her boyfriend, Real Housewives of New York City star Kelly Bensimon can finally put her controversial legal battle behind her. A judge has adjourned the assault case, which means that her misdemeanor charges will be dismissed and her record cleared if Bensimon stays out of trouble for the next six to 12 months.
Back in March, the Real Housewives of New York star was arrested and charged with assaulting her boyfriend Nicholas Stefanov, who then filed an in-person criminal complaint with the NYPD and was photographed as part of the complaint with visible facial wounds. This reportedly happened during a lovers’ quarrel at her Manhattan apartment.
Bensimon, who is clearly relieved on the outcome of her legal battle, has opened up to Eonline’s Marc Malkin about her ordeal and the lessons she’s learned.
“The thing that I didn’t do, which I should have done, is call my doorman. Or I should have called the police,” Bensimon said. “I should have said, ‘You know, I can’t handle this.’…I regret not putting the situation into the hands of someone who could handle it.”
The Real Housewives of New York star claims that the incident happened after she tried to permanently break ties with her on-again off-again boyfriend.
“I felt threatened,” she reveled.
Meanwhile, Bensimon has found a silver lining in this entire ordeal.
“I’ve always made a concerted effort to empower my kids and to give them enough information to teach them that they are amazing girls,” she said. “They understand that no one can touch their bodies and no one can harm them or hurt them.”
The judge also ordered Bensimon to serve two days of community service, which she intends to do with a domestic violence group and a children’s cancer organization.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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