JERSEY CITY, NJ - An attorney for Jermaine Robinson is calling domestic violence charges filed against him false and saying that the embattled Ward F Councilman is cooperating with police to vindicate himself and prove his innocence. The charges, Chris Adams said, will not impact Robinson’s role on the legislative body.
In a complaint filed with the Jersey City Police Department and released to the public on July 20, the female victim, who has been referred to as Robinson’s girlfriend, said the dispute took place on July 17 at the Light Rail Café, which Robinson owns and where she is employed. After refusing Robinson’s request to sign a receipt, the victim stated, he allegedly began to turn over tables and break bottles.
When she tried to embrace Robinson later in front of his apartment, he allegedly threw her down a flight of stairs causing the victim to suffer bruises and a minor cut.
While city officials have remained relatively mum on the incident, city spokesperson Kim Wallace-Scalcione said that “The matter is currently under investigation.”
“First and foremost, my heart goes out to the woman involved,” Councilman-at-Large Rolando Lavarro said when asked for comment. “It isn’t easy to bring such allegations under any circumstances much less against a man who holds power.
Without elaborating, Lavarro continued that he has “own biases in this matter,” and called for the allegations to be “thoroughly and independently” investigated. “Furthermore, the slightest hint of politics or any favoritism should be removed by ensuring an independent investigation is conducted,” Lavarro added, offering a nod to Robinson’s former, and anticipated future, place on a ticket with Mayor Steven Fulop.
While Robinson did not respond to a request for comment Bruce Alston, a political ally, and his cousin, did, saying that he hopes the public will have patience and “respect the privacy of Jermaine and all involved in this matter.”
“I am confident that my cousin will be proven innocent of these allegations, and he can move forward as the duly elected Ward F Councilman,” Alston concluded.
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