An obese state judge who allegedly cold-cocked a Legal Aid lawyer after drunkenly bragging “I f—king kill people!” was arraigned Tuesday for the bizarre October incident.
Robert Beltrani, 53, appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court, wearing a gray suit and sporting a quarter-size lump on his forehead.
He was hit with misdemeanor assault, attempted assault and harassment raps for the altercation in Chelsea with lawyer Sam Roberts.
He was released without bail and an order of protection was issued in Roberts’ favor.
As Beltrani left court, he mumbled profanities under his breath but declined to comment on the case.
On Oct. 20, the administrative judge for the Board of Parole landed in hot water after throwing back one too many at a party on West 18th Street celebrating a new law firm.
As Beltrani stood in front of the venue at about 11:30 p.m., he bellowed to Roberts: “Yeah, I’m the judge. I do justice and I f—ing kill people!,” the complaint states.
As Roberts turned away, the feisty jurist socked him in the face, court papers allege.
Beltrani, who weighs nearly 300 pounds, drunkenly toppled over, knocking into Roberts and sending them both tumbling to the sidewalk, the complaint says.
The unhinged judge landed on top of Roberts, who lost consciousness when his head and body smashed into the pavement.
Beltrani took off and Roberts was rushed to the hospital, where he was treated for a separated shoulder and a black eye.
“It was nuts!” Robert said of the attack. “I was happy, I had just won a trial, I was with friends celebrating their new firm — until I ended up in the emergency room.”
He met the judge for the first time earlier that night, and they chatted briefly. “He seemed somewhat belligerent and intoxicated,” Roberts noted. “He was saying things like you could learn a lot from me, you better watch out, don’t disrespect me.”
As Roberts, 48, was leaving the event, Beltrani showed up itching for a fight, the lawyer said.
“It was very surprising,” Roberts remarked. “The guy probably needs help.”
Beltrani has been suspended from his job pending an investigation, a source said.
The New York State Department of Corrections didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.