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Norman Reedus And Helena Christensen’s 22-Year-Old Son Appears In Court For Assaulting A Woman

Norman Reedus And Helena ChristensenThe son of actor Norman Reedus and former model Helena Christensen, Mingus, 22, is being accused of assaulting a New York City woman in September.

Mingus Reedus’ Attorney Calls Assault Lawsuit “Baseless”

Mingus Reedus is the son of “Walking Dead” star Norman Reedus and former Victoria Secret angel Helena Christensen.

He appeared in court on Tuesday after being arrested in September for allegedly assaulting a woman in New York City.

Mingus was charged with misdemeanor assault for the Sept. 24 incident, the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information (DCPI) confirmed to PEOPLE.

It’s not yet revealed whether Mingus entered a plea during his court hearing on Tuesday. Per a report by the Daily Mail, a trial date has been set for Jan. 5.

In a statement to PEOPLE, Isabelle Kirshner, Mingus’ attorney, said: “The charges are baseless and will be met with a rigorous defense. He was the victim in this incident.”

Representatives for Norman and Christensen, both 52, did not immediately respond to media outlets’ inquiries.

The incident took place on September 24. Authorities arrived at the scene at 10:15 p.m. local time in response to a call regarding an assault that took place near Mulberry Street and Baxter Street in the vicinity of the 5th Precinct, as reported by the NYPD’s DCPI.

There, a 24-year-old woman – whose identity is currently unknown – told the police that she had a verbal confrontation with an unknown male she couldn’t identify at the time, but was later revealed to be Mingus, authorities reported.

The woman said that he punched her in the face, with the police sharing that she suffered an injury below her left eye. Authorities also disclosed that she was taken to New York’s Downtown Hospital where she was in stable condition.

Following the incident, Mingus told his own side of the story to The New York Daily News, where he claimed that he was the victim and that the woman and her friends came after him and his friends while they were attending the San Gennaro festival in New York City’s Little Italy district.

He explained to the outlet that the woman appeared to be drunk and as she kept coming after him, he was forced to throw his arm in defense, causing him to accidentally hit her.

“It was instinct,” he explained. “I was reacting to them swarming me and was afraid for the safety of my group.”

“We didn’t think anything of it, but these five girls followed us for two blocks, throwing food at us and yelling. We told them to leave us alone, but they kept following, threatening to hurt my girlfriend and her friend,” Mingus continued. “It was very apparent that these girls were under the influence and looking for a fight.”

Mingus then described how the woman and her friends swarmed him when he and his group reached a corner, with one of them allegedly reaching out and pulling back his hair while another threw water in his face.

He repeated that he put his arm out to protect his face, claiming that when the police arrived and saw that one of the girls was hurt, they “refused to listen to the context.”

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