Tennis broadcaster and coach Justin Gimelstob is set to face a trial for allegedly beating his former friend over 50 times last Halloween, after ditching a potential plea deal.
The 41-year-old ATP board member is understood to have been in talks with the Los Angeles District Attorney over a plea deal in which he would not have to admit guilt, but after rejecting the offer, the DA is now pushing for a trial.
In a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 8, Gimelstob will be confronted with statements from witnesses of the alleged attack, as well as a video that the alleged victim’s wife filmed of the assault.
The former tennis pro was in his home city of Los Angeles on October 31, dressed in a Top Gun costume for Halloween, when he got in an altercation on the street with a former friend, venture capitalist Randall Kaplan.
The tennis broadcaster was arrested and released on $50,000 bail. At a court hearing in December, the judge ordered Gimelstob to stay away from his alleged victim.
Kaplan alleges that during the attack the ATP board member shouted “I’m going to kill you”. Speaking to The Daily Telegraph outside the courtroom, Mr Kaplan said he was looking forward to seeing “justice prevail” over the “absolutely brutal” alleged attack.