Lauren Pazienza, Suspect of Violent Pushing, Subsequent Death of Broadway Voice Coach in New York, Will Be Tried for Incident

STATEN ISLAND, NY – The 26-year-old Long Island woman accused of pushing a beloved 87-year-old Broadway trainer to death in March is set to stand trial for manslaughter.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Felicia Mennin set the trial date for Oct. 6, the New York Post reported.

Authorities allege Lauren Pazienza pushed 87-year-old Barbara Maier Gustern as the victim walked near her home in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. Gustern suffered traumatic damage to the left side of his brain after hitting his head on the sidewalk.

The incident happened on March 10 around 8:30 p.m.

According at the New York Times, Gustern was initially conscious after the attack, telling friends at the scene that she had “never been hit so badly in my life”. She also allegedly told police that her attacker had “screamed a derogatory term at her”.

Gustern died on March 15. The successful vocal coach has worked with performance artist Diamanda Galás, Blondie’s Debbie Harry and the cast of Daniel Fish’s 2019 Broadway revival of “Oklahoma!” Gothamist reported.

Pazienza, who is being held on Rikers Island, turned down two plea deals offered by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for the manslaughter and assault charges, according to the New York Post.

“It was a senseless and unprovoked attack,” District Attorney Alvin Bragg previously said in a press release. “Barbara Gustern was a beloved vocal coach who lived a vibrant and active life at the age of 87, and her loss was deeply felt by many across the city. of Ms Gustern as she bled on the floor, Lauren Pazienza went to great lengths to avoid accountability for her actions.

Pazienza could face up to 25 years behind bars if convicted of manslaughter.

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