27 Feb '16, 1am

Husband in handbag 'attack': Wife's stitches just due to plastic surgery

Husband in handbag 'attack': Wife's stitches just due to plastic surgery

A lawyer for the Manhattan bank trader who clobbered his wife with a Prada clutch said Friday in court the only reason she need stitches was that she had just had plastic surgery. “She had pre-existing facial issues,” Alex Spiro, representing Joseph Botkier, 69, said in court. “Cosmetic surgery caused her eye to split open.” Botkier, whose family owns a chic handbag line, allegedly smacked his wife Maria, 67, during a drunken spat in the lobby of their posh Tribeca building early Sunday. Cops then searched their apartment and found a .32-caliber handgun. Botkier, who runs FX Direct Dealer LLC, was booked on assault and weapons possession raps. But Spiro said prosecutors are overreaching with the felony assault charge. “This case will not be indicted,” Spiro said after court. “The plastic surgeon will testify in front of the grand jury that the skin was damaged and only cut...

Full article: http://nypost.com/2016/02/26/husband-in-handbag-attack-wi...

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