- Title: USA-CRIME/VIOLINIST German violinist accused of attempted murder appears in court
- Date: 20th August 2015
- Summary: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (AUGUST 20, 2015) (REUTERS) GERMAN VIOLINIST ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTED MURDER, STEFAN ARZBERGER WALKING WITH ATTORNEY ARZBERGER ENTERING NEW YORK CITY CRIMINAL COURT BUILDING VARIOUS EXTERIOR OF COURT HOUSE INTERNET (AUGUST 19, 2015) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF FIRST PAGE OF INDICTMENT DOCUMENT INDICTMENT DOCUMENT PAGE SHOWING SECOND COUNT WIDE VIEW OF INDICTMENT DOCUMENT DESCRIBING THIRD AND FOURTH COUNTS CLOSE VIEW OF INDICTMENT DOCUMENT DESCRIBING THIRD AND FOURTH COUNTS MORE OF INDICTMENT DOCUMENT NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (AUGUST 19, 2015) (REUTERS) VARIOUS EXTERIOR OF HUDSON HOTEL HOTEL ENTRANCE SIGN OF HOTEL HOTEL WINDOWS VARIOUS OF ENTRANCE OF THREE MONKEYS BAR SIGN OF BAR PEOPLE WALKING PASSED BAR
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- Topics: General
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- Story Text: German violinist Stefan Arzberger appeared in court in Manhattan on Thursday (August 20) accused of attempted murder, assault and strangulation after the musician allegedly forced his way into the hotel room of a tourist in March.
Arzberger, the lead violinist for the famed Leipzig String Quartet, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, allegedly forced his way into the room of a 64-year-old North Carolina woman and began to strangle her.
Arzberger says he has no recollection of the events and claims he was drugged and robbed by a transsexual prostitute who came back to his hotel room, according to local media reports.
Court documents show that Arzberger told local police that on the night of March 26 - 27, 2015 he went out drinking at two bars and a club. One of the bars was "The Three Monkeys" in midtown Manhattan. The next morning he woke up to the sound of a screaming woman, and went outside his hotel room to comfort her. He told the police that he does not recall entering the woman's room, who has filed a civil suit against him.
Reuters attempted to reach Arzberger and his lawyers for comment but they have not responded to questions about the charges.
Arzberger has been released on $100,000 (USD) bail.
The website for the Leipzig Quartet says Arzberger is being temporarily replaced by violinist Conrad Muck, a long-time member of the Petersen Quartet.
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