Jocelyn Wildenstein’s Boyfriend Lloyd Klein Announces Split After 14 Years Following Their Assault Arrests
Lloyd Klein is ready to put his relationship with New York socialite Jocelyn Wildenstein in the past, a rep tells PEOPLE
New York socialite Jocelyn Wildenstein’s boyfriend Lloyd Klein is ready to put the couple’s 14-year relationship in the past following their recent arrests for allegedly assaulting each other, his rep said in a statement to PEOPLE.
Klein, 49, is facing multiple charges stemming from an alleged Sunday incident in the Trump World Tower apartment they shared. Klein’s rep, Melanie A. Bonvicino, tells PEOPLE the alleged “physical altercation” took place when he attempted to remove “his personal affects” from the apartment.
“Mr. Klein is quite clear this evening that a chapter in his life has drawn to a close,” Bonvicino said in a statement to PEOPLE. “He bids Mrs. Wildenstein the best in all of her future endeavors and especially in her quest for inner peace.”
She continued: “His profound sentiments for their 14-year union include his desire for her to be reunited with her son Alec and daughter Dianne in her twilight years.”
Klein is charged with robbery, assault with intent to cause physical injury, grand larceny for taking a credit card and mischief with intent to damage property, a New York Police Department spokesman previously told PEOPLE.
He was arraigned on Sunday. He is expected to appear in court on Jan. 30.
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Bonvicino said then that Klein expects to be cleared of the allegations.
Wildenstein claimed that Klein pushed her to the ground, “causing pain and bruising to her hands,” according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. She said Klein then took a credit card, a cell phone and a cell phone case from her apartment without her permission.
The incident came just days after Wildenstein, 71, was arrested and charged with assault for allegedly clawing Klein’s face and attacking him with a pair of scissors early Wednesday morning, PEOPLE previously confirmed.
She is facing both a second- and third-degree assault charge for allegedly attacking him during an argument early Wednesday at the Trump World Tower apartment. Wildenstein is known for her extensive plastic surgery and is sometimes called “Catwoman” by the tabloids.
Both Klein and Wildenstein now have restraining orders against each other, according to a district attorney’s office spokesperson.
Wildenstein’s attorney Alan Kachalsky did not immediately respond to a request for comment from PEOPLE regarding Klein’s statement. However, after Wildenstein’s arrest, Kachalsky told PEOPLE that there are “two sides to each story.“
Neither Klein nor Wildenstein have entered a plea to the charges against them.
• Reporting by LIZ MCNEIL