A Brooklyn attorney representing his sister-in-law in a child support case was arrested for allegedly punching his client’s ex-husband in a court office elevator. Patrick Bisogno of Bisogno & Meyerson in Brooklyn has been charged with attempted assault in the third degree and second-degree harassment, both misdemeanors, after allegedly punching his ex-brother-in-law, John Libertella, in the face on May 9 at court offices on 25 Hyatt St., Staten Island.
Bisogno, 49, denied having any physical contact with the man, according to the Staten Island Advance. He also told the newspaper that the allegations were a "ploy" to have him removed as the attorney in the case. Instead, Bisogno told the paper that Libertella said at one point he was videotaping Bisogno. Bisogno said he put up his hand to block the camera but never touched Libertella.
Libertella told the Advance the incident happened in an elevator after Bisogno allegedly told Libertella he was a "deadbeat dad" who would never again see his daughter. Bisogno acknowledged in the Advance article that he did call Libertella a "deadbeat dad" but denied saying his ex-brother-in-law would not see his daughter.
According to the complaint, the alleged altercation took place just before 10 a.m. Bisogno was arrested by New York City Police officers and subsequently released on his own recognizance. A police spokesman said Libertella was taken to Richmond University Medical Center, but there were "no visible injuries." Bisogno did not return a call for comment. He is due back in court on June 26.