The son of Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera — who was busted last month for beating up his ex-girlfriend — was slapped with a new charge Wednesday for choking her in an earlier fight.
Cruz Rivera, 30, wearing a preppy sweater vest and blue tie, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on the new obstruction of breathing rap for the April 28 attack in his Washington Heights pad.
The former TV host’s son was collared last month for choking and biting ex-gal pal Meghan Burke during a May 1 brawl in the same apartment on West 175th Street.
Prosecutors on Wednesday offered him a re-pleader deal that would cover both assaults and leave him with no record.
He’d have to plead guilty, complete a domestic batterer’s program and stay away from his ex. In one year, he’d be permitted to withdraw his guilty plea and cop to a violation, which is not categorized as a crime.
His defense lawyer, Arthur Aidala, asked for an adjournment so his client can mull over the offer.
“We’re pleased that the district attorney’s office is treating him like any other defendant similarly situated,” the attorney said. “We’re cautiously optimistic.”
The May 1 confrontation unfolded after Burke swung by Cruz’s apartment to pick up some of her belongings after a breakup.
Cruz allegedly pounced on her and held her in a chokehold, causing her to nearly pass out. As she struggled to free herself, he bit her on her right hand and right leg, court papers allege.
After discovering the couple wrestling on the floor, Cruz’s roommate called the cops. Cruz, who also faces assault and harassment raps, is due back in court July 9.
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