Meryl Streep’s nephew, Charles Harrison Streep, has hired Rudy Giuliani’s personal attorney and longtime “fixer” to represent him on a civil lawsuit that is the “victim” of an alleged street assault, DailyMail.com has revealed.
Randy M. Mastro was confirmed as the lawyer for 31-year-old Streep in the lawsuit filed by 18-year-old student David Peralta late Friday.
The legal heavyweight is a formidable opponent that routinely ranks among the best trial lawyers in the country, recently named Trial Attorney of the Year by Chambers USA, and recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.”
Streep is sued by the teen over a traffic incident in the Hamptons on August 24th in which Streep is videotaped tapping Peralta and knocking him down, resulting in a life-threatening brain injury.
Peralta’s medical bills have surpassed $ 130,000 and the teen is now unable to work, attend college and his attorney said he “is unlikely to make a great career” because of his injuries.
And while Peralta’s attorney Edmond Chakmakian told DailyMail.com he was unimpressed, Mastro’s appointment shows Streep’s determination to use the full force of his considerable privilege in defending Peralta’s claims.
Meryl Streep’s nephew, Charles Harrison Streep, has hired Rudy Giuliani’s personal attorney and longtime “fixer” to represent him on a civil lawsuit that is the “victim” of an alleged street assault, DailyMail.com has revealed
Randy M. Mastro was confirmed as the lawyer for 31-year-old Streep in the lawsuit filed by 18-year-old student David Peralta late Friday. The legal heavyweight is a formidable opponent that routinely ranks among the best trial lawyers in the country, recently named Trial Attorney of the Year by Chambers USA, and recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.”
Peralta’s (left and right) medical bills have surpassed $ 130,000 and the teen can now no longer work, attend college and his attorney said he “is unlikely to have a great career” because of his injuries
Mastro was Giuliani’s chief of staff and deputy mayor for operations in New York City for five years, making a name for himself as the former mayor’s “fixer, assailant, and peacemaker”.
He was responsible for overseeing the city’s entire operating budget and was Giuliani’s liaison with elected officials.
He left in 1998 to return to the New York office of Gibson Dunne and Crutcher in Los Angeles, where he is now a partner and co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group and has close relationships with his former boss.
The argument between Streep and Peralta took place in East Hampton on August 24 after Streep failed to observe a stop sign causing a near-collision between Peralta’s red Mustang and Streep’s Audi convertible on the main street of Hamptons.
The two men exchanged their words, but Peralta told DailyMail.com that it was until he noticed Streep had turned back in an illegal U-turn and followed Peralta into the Chase parking lot, where events escalated at an alarming rate .
The Chase Bank surveillance cameras captured the incident from two different angles.
DailyMail.com first reported on the shocking footage we received exclusively last month.
In it, 31-year-old Streep is seen lifting 18-year-old David Peralta’s limp body and knocking him to the ground, which, according to Peralta, caused the teenager to suffer a life-threatening brain injury.
Surveillance cameras of the incident showed Charles Harrison Streep (right) step out of his car (out of shot) and face David Peralta-Mera (left) at The Hamptons on August 24th
The couple were shoved and shoved first, with Peralta claiming Streep raced him. But at one point in the confrontation, the surveillance footage shows Streep picking up Peralta and slamming him on the floor
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com following the incident, Peralta alleged the older man had thrown racist abuse at him when he threatened to knock him down and dismissed him as “only Spanish”.
Peralta’s parents are both from Ecuador, although he was born in America, where he lived all his life.
In court documents from DailyMail.com, Mastro claims that Peralta caused his own head injury, stating: “These clips show the plaintiff, among others [Peralta] Hold Streep over his head, then hit him on the floor. The plaintiff caused his own head injury. «
Streep is the son of Meryl’s brother Dana Streep and his wife Mary
In fact, the video shows Peralta falling deep and bringing Streep down with a judo-style shoulder throw. But Streep, who outweighs Peralta by 50 pounds, quickly regains control of the situation and puts Peralta in a stranglehold until the younger man passes out.
He pulls Peralta off the floor while the younger man hangs limp and unconscious, his feet scratching the asphalt.
Streep then lifts Peralta’s body up before throwing it back with some force.
Three eyewitnesses came forward to share their reports in affidavits from DailyMail.com.
In one case the witness recalled: “Mr. Streep … lifted Mr. Peralta in the air and forcibly knocked Mr. Peralta to the ground. Mr. Peralta landed on his head. ‘
At that point, the witness said, they exclaimed: Oh my god, what are you doing?
They state that Streep “looked at us briefly, but almost as if he had hardly noticed us there and he didn’t care.”
He was, as the witness recalled, “full of anger … loud and angry and even yelled at Mr Peralta while he stayed on the ground”.
When Peralta regained consciousness, he was injured and bloody on the ground and Streep was already returning to his own vehicle.
Some of what happened is lost to Peralta due to the severity of his injuries, which left him knocked out and with a brain hemorrhage
Imagine the scene of the incident. A lawyer for the 18-year-old calls on Streep to bring hate crime charges for the attack
Peralta declined to seek medical help on site but had developed a potentially fatal cerebral hemorrhage within an hour that took him to a nearby hospital for emergency life-saving surgery.
He is now facing an uncertain recovery and medical bills of more than $ 130,000.
Streep was arrested three days later and charged with second degree felony and second degree strangulation before being released on $ 5,000 bail.
He has pleaded not guilty on either count. Mastro has requested that the civil action be deferred until the criminal case is settled – a request that Chakmakian is challenging.
He has also requested that his client’s case be moved from the New York Supreme Court in Manhattan to the Suffolk County Court, citing the inconvenience of travel for witnesses in East Hampton.
One close to the case told DailyMail.com that Streep could simply hope for a more personable audience in the Hamptons, where Mastro is an influential figure who co-chaired the Hamptons International Film Festival alongside Alec Baldwin, among others .