Judge Threatens Peter Brant Jr. With Jail Time for Failing to Perform Community Service
Has he really been "toiling away" at an Atlanta charity?
A judge in Queens has threatened Peter Brant Jr. with jail time on suspicion that the 25-year old son of collector and publisher Peter Brant and ex-supermodel Stephanie Seymour has not been performing mandatory community service.
The stipulation—for 25 days of service— stems from an incident at JFK this past March when Brant was arrested for reportedly “drunk and belligerent” behavior and punching a Port Authority cop.
According to Page Six, Queens Criminal Court Judge Gia Morris stated: “Mr. Brant, for some reason you have a good deal. What I understand is you’re not doing what you’re supposed to be doing. You’re looking at jail time if you’re not completing it.”
The report says the threat followed complaints from prosecutors that they have no proof Brant is performing the mandated service. We reached out to Brant’s attorney Alex Spiro about whether his client has been performing community service and, if so, if proof was provided to prosecutors or to the judge.
“Mr. Brant has been meeting his obligations. Thank you,” Spiro wrote in an email to artnet News. He was quoted in the Post saying: “Mr. Brant continues to comply with his obligations and looks forward to the case sealing and putting this incident behind him.”
It appears that Brant switched his attorney at some point. This past March, after Brant took to Instagram to express his dissatisfaction with the incident in question, his attorney, Philip Russell, told Page Six: “He’s an idiot.”
At the time of the March incident, Brant was taken to Jamaica Hospital to be treated for severe intoxication and to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
The Post reports that Brant has “supposedly… been toiling at an Atlanta-based charity, Gideon’s Promise.”
According to its website, the mission of Gideon’s Promise is “to transform the criminal justice system by building a movement of public defenders who provide equal justice for marginalized communities.”
artnet News emailed the Atlanta-based charity for further information but had not heard back as of publication time.
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