Gerlado Rivera’s son Cruz Rivera was arrested after allegedly choking and biting his ex-girlfriend until she nearly fainted.
According to the New York Post, the 30-year-old attacked ex Meghan Burke at his New York City apartment on Tuesday, May 2, after she stopped by to pick up her belongings following their split. The outlet reports that, once Burke was inside, Cruz threw her on his bed and pinned her down in a chokehold until she nearly passed out.
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Cruz’s roommate came home and called 911, according to the publication. Cruz then allegedly bit Burke’s right hand and leg as she tried to break free from his grasp. Cruz was later arrested at the scene and released the next day without bail following a court hearing in Manhattan.
Geraldo’s lawyer Arthur Aidala told the Post that the TV journalist is “very, very upset about this.”
Aidala added: “Obviously the fact that [Geraldo] reached out to me shows he is supporting his son, but he is quite troubled by the accusations of domestic violence, because nobody takes domestic violence lightly.”
The defense attorney also claimed that Cruz and Burke’s split was “amicable” and the latter does not wish to press charges. Since Cruz’s arrest, Burke has allegedly texted him “I love you” and “I’m sorry about all this,” according to Aidala.
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Participant Geraldo Rivera speaks about the NBC television show "The Celebrity Apprentice" during the TCA presentations in Pasadena, California, January 16, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA)
Television journalist Geraldo Rivera (L) is escorted away after being denied entry to the funeral of slain New York Police Department officer Wenjian Liu in the Brooklyn borough of New York January 4, 2015. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio appealed for reconciliation on Sunday in his eulogy for the second of two police officers murdered last month in an ambush that led to accusations the mayor had contributed to an anti-police climate. Liu, 32, and Ramos, 40, were ambushed on December 20 by a killer who said he wanted to avenge the deaths of two unarmed black men this summer at the hands of white officers. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW OBITUARY MEDIA)
SOUTHAMPTON, NY - JULY 23: Geraldo Rivera attends Ellen Hermanson Foundation Starry Night Gala on July 23, 2016 in Southampton, New York. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Geraldo Rivera and Edyta Sliwinska are guests on 'Good Morning America,' 3/29/16, airing on the ABC Television Network.
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Geraldo Rivera poses backstage at the matinee of Andrew Lloyd Webber hit musical 'School of Rock' on Broadway at The Winter Garden Theatre on January 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
Geraldo Rivera attends the 'Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day' at Cantor Fitzgerald midtown in New York City. ï¿½ï¿½ LAN (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: Geraldo Rivera attends the 2015 Love Heals Gala at the Four Seasons Restaurant on March 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 13: TV host Geraldo Rivera is photographed for 25A Magazine on August 13, 2015 in New York City. PUBLISHED IMAGE. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images Portrait)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 16: TV personality/journalist Geraldo Rivera attends the NBCUniversal 2015 Press Tour at the Langham Huntington Hotel on January 16, 2015 in Pasadena, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: Erica Rivera and Geraldo Rivera attends Erica Rivera's 40th Birthday hosted by Geraldo Rivera at Monkey Bar on January 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Geraldo Rivera)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 16: Geraldo Rivera attends the NBCUniversal 2015 press tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 16, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 16: TV host Geraldo Rivera of 'The Celebrity Apprentice' poses for a portrait during the NBCUniversal TCA Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 16, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by: Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) NUP_166973_1933.JPG