City Drops Assault Charges Against Landlord Michael Shah in Domestic Dispute
The Manhattan district attorney’s office dismissed all charges Friday against notorious landlord and developer Michael Shah, six months after ex-girlfriend Bhavana Chamoli alleged assault.
Shah was arrested back in September on aggravated harassment and misdemeanor assault charges after Chamoli claimed he had “shoved her into a wall and the floor, causing a split lip and bruising at his Union Square apartment.” The victim herself was subsequently arrested two months later on charges of assault and criminal mischief after Shah said she slapped him in the face and stomped on his left foot with stiletto heels.
The Real Deal reported that Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Vargas said that the office decided to drop the charges against Shah following “a thorough investigation including multiple meetings with both parties, interviewing various witnesses and police officers, examining body-worn camera [footage], 911 calls, video surveillance and phone records.”
The Manhattan D.A.’s office previously nixed prosecuting Chamoli, and her case is now sealed, according to the online reporting.
It’s also worth noting Shah’s public relations rep is Harvey Weinstein’s spokesperson, Juda Engelmayer.