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Hiram Monserrate Video: Tape Of Alleged Karla Giraldo Assault Released

Huffington Post   First Posted: 11/22/09 05:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 03:10 PM ET

A newly released video in the Hiram Monserrate assault trial shows the state senator violently dragging his girlfriend through the hallway of an apartment building after allegedly slashing her face with a broken glass.

In the video, Monserrate's girlfriend, Karla Giraldo, can be seen grabbing hold of a banister for support as he yanks her away. She then attempts to ring a neighbor's doorbell while clutching her bloody face before Monserrate again pulls her away.

The gash required 20 stitches around the eye.

Giraldo has called the whole incident a freak accident and is not cooperating with prosecutors. If convicted Monserrate would lose his senate seat and face seven years in jail.

Monserrate was also one of two Democratic state senators who helped shutdown Albany this past summer.


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