New York prosecutors drop one charge in De Goey assault case

A charge of “forcible touching” against troubled Collingwood star Jordan De Goey has been dropped, but New York prosecutors are still pursuing a charge of assault against him.

Prosecutors revealed on Tuesday that they would not pursue a charge of “forcible touching” “outside of clothing without permission or authority” of a 35-year-old woman at a Chelsea nightclub.

Jordan De Goey leaves a New York court on Sunday.Credit:Nine News

However, De Goey has still been charged with assault and harassment, having allegedly attacked a 37-year-man who came to the woman’s aid. The NYPD said De Goey had allegedly “punched with a closed fist and kicked a 37-year-old male causing pain and swelling. Continued to punch and kick victim while victim was on floor with a co-defendant.”

De Goey is still due to appear in court on December 8. If found guilty, he could do jail time. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

De Goey’s manager Ryan Vague has referred all question to his client’s lawyer, Jacob Kaplan, of powerful New York legal firm Brafman & Associates.

The law firm has represented accused mafia victims, political figures and, in 2018, was engaged by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein when he was charged with rape.

The firm has also represented rapper Jay-Z, Sean “P Diddy” Combs and NFL star Plaxico Burress.

Vague has said De Goey, who has been stood down indefinitely by Collingwood and whose AFL future is in doubt, will release a statement in the coming days.

De Goey had only been cleared of an indecent assault charge in August. He has previously courted controversy during the off-season.

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