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St James's Gate Bartender Files Assault Complaint

Bartender, accused of assault in January, files a counter complaint against his accuser.

 

James Meade, thehas filed his own complaint against the patron.

According to documents released by a public relations firm retained by the family, Meade has accused Ethan Kresofsky, a 24-year-old South Orange resident, of assault by "attempting to cause bodily injury...by spitting in (Meade's) face and then biting his right index finger after re-entering St. James Gate Publick House after 'last call.'"

Robert D. Kuttner, a Millburn attorney retained by Meade, confirmed that a probable cause hearing to determine if Meade's complaint will move forward will be held in the Bloomfield Municipal Court on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 8:30 a.m.

Meade filed the complaint on Jan. 24, the date Bloomfield Chief Municipal Magistrate Judge John A. Paparazzo determined there was probable cause to move ahead with Kresofsky's complaint. Kuttner said Meade had not filed his complaint sooner because he was unsure of Kresofsky's name.

Kuttner said that if the judge decides there is cause to move forward with Meade's complaint, Kuttner would like both sides to be heard at the same time. Currently, that hearing is scheduled for Feb. 21.

The case originally was moved to Bloomfield because of a conflict of interest with the Maplewood municipal court judge.

In the Jan. 24 hearing, Kresofsky testified that on Jan. 8 he asked Meade, who is a son of the bar's owner John Meade, for a drink at about 1:40 a.m. and Meade allegedly said no. When asked why, Kresofsky told the judge Meade called him an anti-gay epithet. The verbal altercation soon turned violent, said Kresofsky, who said the two men spit at each other and that Meade allegedly punched Kresofsky in the face.

Kuttner said Kresofsky had bitten Meade's finger, causing him to lose time away from work. Kuttner also said Meade had photographs of his injuries.

Ken Houghton February 06, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Amazed that there was no Patch coverage of the original incident--despite a police report--until a court date was set, but this goes up asap? Me neither.
unleb February 06, 2013 at 03:05 PM
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. As has been mentioned, generally a bite wound on a finger is a "defensive" wound (your index finger wouldn't normally be close to someone's mouth unless you were striking them...). This guy has a long and well known local reputation, and this strikes me as a "bully" move to try and intimidate the defendant. He wasn't so injured that he filed after the incident, instead waiting to file until the judge decided to proceed with the case against him. My opinion of the Meade family, and the St James Gate by extension, is dropping by the minute.
liz February 06, 2013 at 03:10 PM
I personally would like to see St James do the right thing and get rid of this bartender. He has been involved in a number of altercations with patrons. I understand that he is family but if that young man does not get the boot then I for one will not be going there again. People need to take a stand, that attitude is not welcome in Maplewood!
Carolyn Maynard-Parisi (Editor) February 06, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Ken, not entirely sure what your question implies, but just to be clear: it is standard practice to not publish a story until there are formal charges (or a lawsuit) filed. There were no charges mentioned in the police report, just a mention of the citizen's complaint that was filed. We can't -- and don't -- run stories whenever someone files a citizens complaint against another individual. We did cover the first hearing, and reported on it, and we will cover the second hearing as well.
Annika B. M. February 06, 2013 at 06:17 PM
As a witness to this unfortunate event I can honestly say that the bite wound to Jimmy's finger was an act of self-defense. Ethan didn't just come out of the blue and munch on Jimmy's finger...he was being attacked! What would you do if someone was trying to pound your face? The reason Ethan "re-entered" the bar is because he needed his jacket. I'm not quite sure how things escalated so fast but I do know that Jimmy did NOT back off even after the fight was broken up. He followed us (angry about his wounded finger) down the street and around the corner and proceeded to come after Ethan. From what I saw, Ethan was not trying to fight back, he was only trying to defend himself. This whole thing is becoming absolutely ridiculous!
Lee Navlen February 06, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Ken, A police report/an incident report is quite different than charges filed. This story broke on a local gossip site and local blogger site after the alleged victim posted his version of events on Yelp, a restaurant recommendation site. For the Patch to have used that as the basis for a story absolutely makes no sense. Kudos to the Patch for it's professional coverage of this alleged 2AM bar brawl.
Elisabeth Anderson February 08, 2013 at 11:30 AM
The father is a bully! I let it pass, and now the place is under scrutiny............just in time for...16th March, when Daddy Dearest bullied me! I'm too smart to let a bull in a china shop bully me. If my husband had been there, Daddy Dearest would look a lot different!

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