Vince DeMentri, former NBC10 anchor, spent his 47th birthday in a New York courtroom Wednesday on trial for attempted assault on a limo driver.
Hurley Senanayake, 55, the driver for the Bahamian ambassador to the United Nations, testified Tuesday that DeMentri had called him the N-word before slapping him in a fight last May that started over a parking spot. DeMentri was working for New York’s WPIX/Channel 11 at the time when he was arrested for allegedly striking Senanayake.
“This is simply the weakest case I’ve ever been associated with,” DeMentri’s attorney Jeffrey Lichtman told us this afternoon, emphatically denying that his client used the racial slur, which Lichtman says was never before referenced in any interviews or statemenets that Senanayake gave police.
“It was physically impossible for Vince to have been able to aim a punch through a partially open window,” Lichtman said, echoing the testimony an eyewitness gave Tuesday. “It is the worst miscarriage of justice that I’ve been a part of,” Lichtman said yesterday, adding that he “100%” expects an acquittal when the trial resumes Tuesday.