Alleged Cashman stalker throws fit
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman's alleged stalker threw a tantrum in court and refused to sign — or obey — an order of protection barring her from contact with her daughter.
"I'm not signing it! I'm not signing it!" Louise Meanwell shouted from the defense table during a bizarre Manhattan Supreme Court arraignment Wednesday.
Meanwell's hissy fit came as she pleaded not guilty to a 52-count serial-stalking indictment charging her with victimizing an ex-boyfriend, her ex-husband, her ex-husband's new wife and her ex-mother-in-law, as well as Cashman and Cashman's estranged wife.
"Nothing will keep me from my daughter!" Meanwell said of the 14-year-old, who has lived upstate with her dad, Meanwell's ex-husband, Jason Bump, since he won custody in 2003.
"I plan on talking to my daughter as soon as I get back to jail!" Meanwell raged as she was led back to her cell.
After the hearing, Meanwell's lawyer, Rory Bellantoni, blasted the pile of charges leveled against his client.
"They threw everything against the wall to protect Brian Cashman," he said. "Is it because he's powerful? Is it because he runs a New York sports team? Is it because he brings revenue into the city? Lady Justice is supposed to be blind."
Prosecutors claim Meanwell put Cashman through hell after their 2011 fling crashed and burned early this year.
They said Meanwell continued to hunt Cashman down after he changed his phone number to avoid her.
Then came a false tale of pregnancy and threats that she would go to the media if he did not pay for her "to freeze her eggs due to the damage done to her ovaries during the alleged abortion," Assistant District Attorney Daniel Garnaas-Holmes claimed.
Between Jan. 27 and her Feb. 1 arrest, she allegedly made 300 calls to Cashman's cell phone, his office, his lawyer and Cashman's wife, the prosecutor said.
Meanwell is charged with grand larceny and fraud for siphoning $67,000 from the state in an April 2007 rent-subsidy rip-off scheme, Garnaas-Holmes said.
"She falsified documents stating she had sole custody and responsibility for her daughter," he said.
Meanwell, who also uses the name Neathway, remains at Rikers Island in lieu of $300,000 bond and is due back in court June 6.