UPDATE: Former New York Giants offensive lineman Luke Petitgout ripped off his wife’s bra and choked her with it in the doorway of the Woodcliff Lake home they’d once shared, according to a criminal complaint filed against him in connection with a sexual assault charge.
Woodcliff Lake police responded at 3:46 a.m. 911 assault call to the home that Petitgout was sharing with his wife of 13 years, Jennifer, before she obtained a restraining order against him and he moved out this summer following a series of incidents between the two.
Police officially allege that Petitgout choked, tackled and sexually assaulted an identified woman at the residence. A source close to the case told CLIFFVIEW PILOT that his wife was the one who called.
- UPDATE: Petitgout posted $75,000 bail on Thursday and was released after spending two nights in the Bergen County Jail. A judge also ordered him not to have contact with his wife and to surrender any weapons. Some complications arose because the original $50,000 bail was set at the municipal level instead of by a state judge based in Hackensack, as is ordinarily the case. An additional $25,000 was added for allegedly violating the restraining order.
The 6-foot-6-inch, 275-pound Lucas Petitgout, who played seven seasons with the Giants at offensive tackle and retired in 2007, is charged with sexual assault with force and simple assault.
“Mr. Petitgout denies the allegations,” his attorney, Patrick J. Jennings of Hackensack, told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . “The charges are baseless.
“We will vigorously defend against the allegations.”
Jennifer Petitgout filed for divorce in June after obtaining a temporary restraining order.
This followed an alleged June 5 assault in which police said her husband stormed into a midtown Manhattan bar, punched a man she was talking to in the eye and slapped her.
Bouncers had to restrain him until officers arrived, police said.
In August last year, authorities said, Petitgout threw his wife out of his car and hit her in the face with her purse while celebrating their wedding anniversary in the city’s Meatpacking District.
Jennifer Petitgout, with whom he has three daughters, later dropped the charges in that case.
Petitgout, from Delaware, played for Notre Dame Fighting Irish before the Giants drafted him in the first round in 1999. Following his release after the 2006 season, he spent an injury-filled year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before retiring.
He was one of more than 100 former Giants players at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford last night for a halftime ceremony honoring Michael Strahan’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during the team’s Monday Night Football game against the Indianapolis Colts.
MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF
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