Socialite Jacqueline Kent Cooke accused of smacking lawyer with her glass purse in antisemitic attack
New York – Millionaire NFL heiress Jacqueline Kent Cooke allegedly got blitzed on New Year’s Eve, spewed antisemitic remarks in a Manhattan restaurant and then bashed a man bloody with her glass purse when he confronted her outside, the Daily News has learned.
Matthew Haberkorn, a 52-year-old lawyer from the San Francisco Bay Area, told The News that Cooke caused two gashes on the right side of his head after winging her $300 Lulu Guinness Chloe Mirrored Perspex Box Clutch at him during the sidewalk skirmish.
Cooke, the daughter of late Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke, was arrested over the accusations.
Haberkorn said it all started shortly after he finished a meal with his 77-year-old mom, his wife and their four daughters at Caravaggio on E. 74th St. near Madison Ave., a high-end eatery boasting $55 veal chops.
He said they were collecting their belongings at the coat check when Cooke, who was behind them in line, got annoyed and belligerent.
“Hurry up Jew,” Cooke allegedly spat, according to Haberkorn.
“What did you say?” Haberkorn’s wife Linda Thomas asked.
“Hurry up, Jew. I got places to be,” Cooke allegedly repeated.
“We all got places to be,” Thomas said she shot back. “You know what? I take total offense at that. You’re small-minded.”
As the situation escalated, Cooke’s boyfriend allegedly chimed in with his own offensive remark.
“Happy bat mitzvah, girls,” he said to the daughters, according to Thomas and Haberkorn.
“We were so surprised that on the Upper East Side that this would happen,” Thomas told The News.
Haberkorn said he went outside and confronted Cooke over the hate speech.
“I walked up to her and asked her why she said that,” Haberkorn recalled. “She took her purse, which was a mirrored glass purse, and smashed me with it.”
It was during or shortly after the alleged first hit that one of Haberkorn’s daughters started filming on her cell phone from down the block.
The video shows Cooke’s boyfriend trying to intervene.