Wednesday, August 8, 2012

THE REVOLUTION's Harley Pasternak Sued For “Malicious, Outrageous, Offensive and Intentional" Attack On Two Men

Celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, co-host of canceled ABC Daytime talk show THE REVOLUTION, was busted in January for punching two Manhattan men in a squabble over a basketball court, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court. Pasternak took a deal that forced him to sit through an anger-management class in exchange for making the misdemeanor assault charges from the January attack disappear. If he stays out of trouble, the criminal case will be dismissed. But now he’s got new legal woes according to the New York Daily News.

The men Pasternak socked are suing him, claiming the attack was “malicious, outrageous, offensive and intentional.”

The trouble started about 7:45 p.m. Jan. 29 when Matthew Spritz, a lawyer, and Michael Berro, an executive with a tobacco wholesaler, were shooting hoops in a private gym in Berro's building on W. 24th St. when Pasternak interrupted to ask when the gym would be free, the lawsuit states.

Pasternak left but returned a half-hour later and “began to hurl insults” at Berro, a 5-foot-six-inch, 140-pound man who was dwarfed by Pasternak's 6-foot, 220-pound frame, Spritz said. Spritz moved to defend Berro, but Pasternak shoved a camera phone in his face, announcing he wanted Spritz' picture to get him barred from the building where Berro owns his apartment and Pasternak was renting a unit with his wife, the lawsuit states.

When Spritz pushed the phone away, Pasternak smashed him in the jaw with a closed fist. Berro intervened and Pasternak slammed him in the nose, too, according to the lawsuit.

More than a dozen witnesses ran to separate the men as Pasaternak hurled insults: “Nice face. Want to go again?” and “Yeah, that's right, I just spanked you guys,” according to the lawsuit. Both men have had hefty medical and dental bills, according to court papers.

THE REVOLUTION replaced ONE LIFE TO LIVE in January around the same time as Pasternak's arrest. The show's ratings were abysmal and was canceled after only a few months, last airing in July.


  1. Wow. Looks like Pasternak will have more to contend with than just the Revolution's cancellation for the foreseeable future.

  2. Just goes to show, you do things to get ahead in a crooked way & BAMMMMMMMM as Emeril says....ya get it in the keester...
    Should have left our soaps alone ABC....

  3. I hope they throw his ass in jail for a few months, he deserves it, just proves that Brian Fros couldn't hire talent if he tried, but his brown nose acquiantances (probably) and the show proved utter failure of epic scale...same go for The Spew, MB and his over weight & loud mouth comments.

  4. A truly classy gentleman, don't you think? ABC, what a fitting champion to carry your new brand forward...with far more panache than such former reps like Jerry VerDorn, Phil Carrey, Bob Woods, Clint Richie, et al (can you taste my sarcasm?).

  5. Pasternak always comes across as a civil and disciplined type. Whoever knows the 'real' story. While violence is never the answer, I'll bet there's more to the story. As for 'The Revolution', it was one of the BEST daytime shows to come down the pipeline in years. There were more people being helped through there features than there ever has been watching Soaps and another version of Good Day America or the like. Americans really need a reality check of what is 'truly' important. Each feature was interesting, well done, and well hosted by all of the Hosts. More Revolution now!