The Voice of The New York Knicks Faces Charges - 10/24/1997

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Today in history, Judge Benjamin Kendrick declares he will dismiss the sexual assault case filed against Marv Albert by his 42-year-old ex-lover Vanessa Perhach considering that the ace sports broadcaster agrees to seek counselling and stay out of trouble for a year. Albert face up to a year in jail and a fine of $2500.

Marv Albert is among the highest paid sport-broadcaster. He gained national fame when he was hired by NBC in 1977. He was known for his sense of humor when running commentary.

Born Marvin Philip Aufrichtig on June 12, 1941, he later changed his name to Marv Albert when he decided to embarked on a sports casting career shortly after leaving University. The American sportscaster popularly referred to as the voice of basketball that also had his work honored as a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. His distinctive announcing style became was well known all over the city, and he became a New York icon serving as lead announcer for NBA games and broadcasted for Knicks for 30 years. In addition, Marv had experience announcing other sports like American Football, boxing and tennis.

On February 12, 1997, it was reported that Albert invited Perhach to his hotel room in the Ritz Carlton Hotel when he finished announcing the NBA game between the New York Knicks and Washington Bullet. It was reported that Perhach refused to perform oral sex and failed to bring in another man to bed with them, which angered him and resulted to her been bitten up to 15 times on her back. They both met in Miami Hilton where Perhach worked in 1986. After pleading guilty to assault and battery, a felony charge of forcible sodomy was dropped. However, but he was fired from NBC and resigned from his Madison Square Garden job.

At the trial, which began on September 22, 1997, Albert had pleaded not guilty to the assault charge when the defense showed a taped conversation between Perhach and a friend who she had offered money to testify against Albert. However, when the prosecution introduced another woman as a witness by the name Patricia Masten who worked in a hotel where Albert had bitten Perhach on her back on two separate occasions three years ago, the defense agreed to a plea bargain.

In addition, the emergency room nurse who treated Perhach confirmed that she had bite marks on her back, which include one that cut deep into the skin, while the forensic dentist affirmed that there was a perfect match between the marks on the woman's back and casts made from Albert's teeth.

Nonetheless, Marv Albert was rehired by the Madison Square Garden Network to anchor MSG Sports Desk on July 15, 1998. After the court conditions were met, all charges filed against him were dropped and dismissed in October 24, of 1988.

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