Last week it emerged that Real Housewives of Miami star Alexia Echevarria's son Peter Rosello posted a disturbing and disgusting video of himself punching a homeless man in the genitals to his Facebook page.
Yesterday, Peter finally surrendered and was arrested. The twenty-year-old was arraigned in Miami-Dade County Jail yesterday afternoon on one count felony battery.
His attorney, Richard Sharpstein told the Miami Herald, “He’ll be pleading not guilty. We’ll present the best defense possible.”
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After outrage arose over Peter's blatant disrespect for Gary Lee Brown, 62, he made a statement "apologizing" on his Facebook page. “I feel bad for those people. didn’t mean to offend anyone. they got my love, i always give them like 5 bucks or weed.”
Mr. Brown told police the attack was "unprovoked" and he had never met Peter before the incident, but he wanted to press charges.
The notes under Peter's arrest state the charge was "with prejudice" because it was originally a misdemeanor but because Mr. Brown is homeless it was increased to a third-degree felony according to Sgt. Bobby Hernandez.
Peter was held on $5,000 bond, which his family posted. "His mother is very upset. As you know, she's had a very, very difficult year, and this is just another factor, and they're extremely upset and very emotional," Peter's attorney told WSVN News.
Because this is so gross, Reality Tea has decided NOT to post a copy of the assault video. We do not want to, in any way, condone or support Peter's behavior related to this incident.
Making matters worse, Peter's father Pedro Luis Rosello was also arrested last month for a probation violation according to the Miami Herald. Pedro has a long rap sheet. He served four and a half years in prison on a 1997 arrest for cocaine smuggling. And was arrested again in 2007 for "sexual battery on a minor and sentenced to 12 years on the recently violated probation."
Really, I feel terrible for Alexia. She seems like a nice woman and this last year has been horrific for her. Alexia's younger son Frankie (Pedro is also his father) was involved in a near-fatal car accident and is still recovering, now Peter's legal mess, and to top it off your ex-husband is a sex offender. Ugh. I certainly hope next year is better for this family.
In better news tonight is an all-new episode of Real Housewives of Miami. Tonight the ladies are starting to realize sharks circle slowly in the water before chomping their prey as newbie Karent Sierra realizes she has an enemy in the form of Adriana de Moura, whom she thought was her friend.
Real Housewives of Miami airs tonight at 9/8c on Bravo. Reality Tea will be live-tweeting the episode and infusing both our cocktails and our tweets with snark. Don't forget to join us – we've got some sharkbites of our own!
[Photo Credit: Miami-Dade County Jail]
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