NEW YORK (WPIX) -- New York State senator Hiram Monserrate was indicted Monday on felony charges he assaulted his girlfriend during a violent altercation in his Queens apartment building.
Monserrate was charged with three counts of felony assault on Karla Giraldo and three counts of misdemeanor assault, according to prosecutors. He is expected to be arraigned later this week.
Monserrate is accused of beating Giraldo so severely in the Dec. 19 attack, she needed more than 20 stitches in her left eye. The 29-year-old was treated at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and reportedly told doctors she sustained the injuries by Monserrate, who she says, slashed her in the face during a fight.
Giraldo, though, later changed her story, submitting a sworn affidavit to the court that it was all an accident, according to the NY Daily News.
Court papers, instead, indicate Monserrate tripped on Giraldo's shoes while bringing her a glass of water in bed. Giraldo has accused police of trying to get her to incriminate Monserrate for no apparent reason.
Surveillance video from inside the apartment building where the alleged fight took place, shows Monserrate yanking his girlfriend by the arm as she tries to latch on to the stairway banister. It also captured her banging mercilessly on a neighbor's door screaming for help.
Despite the evidence, Monserrate released a statement denying any wrong doing.
"I've said all along this was an accident," he said. "The district attorney's politically motivated decision to pursue this case doesn't change the face that this was an accident."