Stefan Arzberger, leader of the Leipzig String Quartet, has been to hell and back since the day he was arrested without clothes in a New York hotel and charged with assault on a fellow-guest. He is unable to travel or pursue his profession during the course of the investigation. His lawyer has just issued the following summary of the case:
Renowned violinist and member of LSQ Stefan Arzberger while staying in New York the evening before a concert was the victim of a horrible attack upon his person. On March 26-27, Stefan was assaulted in his hotel and his personal belongings were taken from him. As a direct result of the assault upon him and while in an unconscious state, Stefan assaulted a guest staying in the next-door room from his.
While Stefan (and his family members, colleagues and friends) nevertheless extends his sincere best wishes for a speedy recovery to this hotel guest, we are able to update the following:
This unfathomable and, entirely out-of-character, incident and Stefan’s arrest stemmed directly from Stefan himself being the victim of a crime upon him. We have identified the person who stole items from Stefan and are working to develop what else was done, including involuntarily drugging Stefan with powerful agents.
Investigation revealed that an as yet unknown person left Stefan’s hotel room with his Ipad, wallet, including cash, credit cards and identification and began using Stefan’s credit cards around New York City, successfully and unsuccessfully, on items that Stefan would unquestionably never have sought to purchase. We have obtained a photo of this person and are working with the police to identify and locate the perpetrator of this horrendous crime.
Unquestionably, Stefan was the victim of a crime and he has no present memory of the events leading up to his arrest. However, we are hopeful that in the coming weeks we will determine the perpetrator of this offense against Stefan and consequently, the other hotel guest.
In light of identifying conclusively that others were involved in doing harm to Stefan, counsel is now working on the possibility of obtaining permission for Stefan to travel internationally and resume his duties with the LSQ. Stefan is exploring all options to expeditiously resolve these false charges, from offering the results of his investigation to the prosecutors to offering to undergo a lie detector examination. We have been offered the support of so many of Stefan’s friends and professional colleagues and we hope to use those recommendations in some capacity on Stefan’s behalf. Stefan welcomes all offers of assistance during this troubling period and thanks his colleagues, his family, his friends and his fans. This is an evolving story and we learn more about this ordeal as each day passes. However long this process takes, we’re confident that a the end of the day, Stefan will be found to be not guilty of these serious charges.
Levitt & Kaizer Attorneys at Law
New York, NY