WEST VILLAGE, Manhattan (WABC) -- Brooklyn-born rapper Casanova was charged with robbery after police say a woman was mugged, choked and punched inside a West Village diner.
Police said 31-year-old Casanova, whose real name is Caswell Senior, was inside the Good Stuff Diner on West 14th Street August 5 with his entourage when they allegedly got into a dispute with a 23-year-old woman.
The victim said Casanova and his group spotted her and thought she was taping them. Police said Casanova forcibly took the woman's cell phone to delete the video.
Police said a male member of the rapper's entourage put the victim in a headlock, choked her until she lost consciousness and threw her to the floor.
She was then punched by both the rapper and a female acquaintance. She suffered a busted lip.
Casanova's attorney Scott Leemon said the rapper denies punching the victim.
"Casanova adamantly denies the allegation that he assaulted anyone," Leeman said. "Any contention he did so is totally false. We are in the process of conducting our own investigation into these false allegations."
Casanova's wife, Jasmere Corvette, told reporters that her husband is innocent and doesn't know the people responsible for the attack.
She said money may be motivating the victim's allegations.
"Maybe she want a check. He's a rapper -- That the new thing to do," Corvette said. "If someone else touched, she might say he touched her or whatever, but she know her role in this."
"The alleged victim knowingly and purposely lied to the local media for one significant purpose....to try and make money off of the incident. She has no credibility," said Leemon. "The labeling of Casanova as a person who assaults women is slanderous and will not be tolerated."
The investigation remains ongoing.
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Rapper Casanova charged after woman punched, robbed at Manhattan diner