Stefan Arzberger, leader of the Leipzig string quartet, has pleaded not guilty in Manhattan Supreme Court to charges of attempted murder, assault and strangulation.
He is alleged to have forced his way naked into a fellow-guest’s room at the Hudson Hotel and tried to choke her.
Arzberger’s lawyer said he had been drugged and robbed by a transsexual prostitute. The violinist, 42, was supported by his wife who had flown out from Germany for the hearing.
New York Post court report here.