Central Park ‘Karen’
Prosecution Forges Ahead
… Despite Birdwatcher Not Cooperating
7/13/2020 1:00 AM PT
May 25, 2020
Amy Cooper — AKA Central Park “Karen” — isn’t off the hook for making a false report against a man who asked her to leash her dog, despite the fact he doesn’t want her prosecuted … TMZ has learned.
As we reported … the Manhattan D.A. announced this week his office initiated a prosecution against Cooper for Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree … this, for the May 25 incident in which she called police claiming, “There’s an African-American man threatening my life.”
That man — Christian Cooper (no relation), a birdwatcher — made headlines shortly afterward when he said … “She’s already paid a steep price. That’s not enough of a deterrent to others? Bringing her more misery just seems like piling on.”
So, Christian says if the Manhattan D.A. wants to pursue charges against Amy, that’s his right … but he will not be involved in the prosecution.
Well, TMZ’s learned … that’s exactly what will happen. We’re told the D.A.’s Office would like Christian to cooperate, but in this case, it’s not necessary — because he’s technically not the victim … it’s the city. Besides, there’s a smoking gun — the video.
We reached out to the D.A.’s office … it had no comment, other than to confirm Amy’s scheduled to appear in court in October for her arraignment.
If convicted, she faces a max sentence of 1 year in jail.