Albert spared jail time for hotel room assault
October 24, 1997
Web posted at: 11:56 a.m. EDT (1556 GMT)
ARLINGTON, Virginia (CNN) -- A judge opted not to sentence
Marv Albert to jail Friday for biting a longtime lover on the
back, and said if the former NBC sportscaster stays out of
trouble for a year, his criminal record will be purged.
As part of the suspended sentence, Arlington Circuit Court
Judge Benjamin Kendrick ordered Albert to continue
psychological counseling. The 56-year-old Albert had faced up
to one year behind bars and a $2,500 fine.
Albert, who took the witness stand Friday before his
sentencing, apologized to Vanessa Perhach, the woman who
accused him of sexually assaulting her in a hotel room in
"In the past, there was consensual biting. On this particular
evening, I did not realize until her testimony that she felt
she was harmed," Albert said. "For that I am sorry."
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During his testimony, Perhach quietly shook her head. Later,
when prosecutor Richard Trodden described the attack, Perhach
wept softly on the shoulder of a female friend.
Perhach had no immediate comment after the sentencing. But her attorney said she was pleased with Friday's developments.
"She felt very good that Mr. Albert finally apologized to her face-to-face for what he did," lawyer Dan Morissette said. "From the outset, that's what she wanted most."
Perhach, 42, had filed an angry motion with the court, saying
Albert deserved to go to jail -- a request rejected by
Flanked by his fiancee Heather Faulkiner, Albert addressed
reporters briefly after Friday's proceedings.
"I would just like to say this has been a most difficult time
for myself, my fiancee and my family. As for the future, I'm
just looking to put the pieces of my life back together," he
said in a somber voice.
His attorney, Roy Black, added, "We are hopeful that the tabloid aspect of this case is now over."
Witness criticizes lack of jail time
Lurid allegations of Albert's sexual peccadilloes, including
his fondness for threesomes and wearing women's underwear,
drove the former sportscaster to bring an abrupt halt to his
two-day assault and sodomy trial last month.
Albert pleaded guilty to assault and battery, both
misdemeanors. In exchange, prosecutors dropped a felony
sodomy charge against him.
Albert entered the plea a day after a second woman --
Patricia Masten -- stunned his lawyers by testifying that
Albert bit her during a sexual advance. She described how he
allegedly asked her for three-way sex and paraded around a
room in a garter belt. Masten said she ripped off his toupee
and fled from the Dallas hotel room.
On Friday, Masten lashed out at the judge for not sentencing
Albert to jail.
"Personally, I'm very upset that he's not doing any jail
time," she said. "He was a role model. ... What kind of a
message are we sending to the children today? Is it: 'Do
whatever you want to whomever you want at any time you
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"Acts of violence have to stop," she added.
NBC fired Albert hours after he pleaded guilty. He also
resigned as television announcer for basketball's New York
Knicks and hockey's New York Rangers on the Madison Square
In tearful testimony, Perhach said Albert became angry
because she refused his request that another man join them
for sex. She said he threw her onto a bed, bit her back
numerous times and forced her to perform oral sex.
Albert's lawyers repeatedly tried to discredit Perhach,
claiming she was a liar and a schemer who set out to trap
Albert to seek civil damages in a lawsuit.
The defense attorneys also said Albert pleaded guilty because
the judge had ruled out most evidence the defense said would
show Perhach's pattern of lies and retribution on old lovers.
The two had periodic sexual trysts over 10 years, lawyers on
both sides said.