The Dictators’ singer Richard “Handsome Dick” Manitoba has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Zoe Hansen. The NY Daily News reported that based on police records, the 64-year-old punk rock frontman was charged last week for choking his 51-year-old ex in their East Village apartment, which both have access to.
Manitoba is currently facing three counts of third-degree assault and one count each of criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and second-degree harassment. The report also stated that once the police arrived, Hansen was seen crying, “with tears streaming down her face and her body shaking.” She expressed to the officers, “he bit me. He bit my nose. He grabbed my neck and applied pressure.”
Manitoba was arraigned last Friday and is due back in Manhattan Criminal court on March 26th. It’s been stated that Hansen has since fled the apartment and is currently staying with friends. Those familiar with New York City nightlife may be aware of Manitoba’s, the East Village bar that the two own together.