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Woman Throws Drink at Kim Kardashian: Is it Assault?

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By Laura Strachan, Esq. on October 11, 2010 10:09 AM

Oh no she didn't. Keeping up the with Kardashians is hard! The latest headline to come from the reality television family is straight out of a New York night club where a women throws a drink at Kim Kardashian.

Kim was out with her sisters Khloe and Kourtney when a male fan asked her for her autograph. Unfortunately for him, his girlfriend was not too happy about the encounter and instead of throwing her drink on her boyfriend (or not throwing it at all) she decided to take aim at Kim. And yes, the cameras were rolling to catch the liquid assault. Perez Hilton reports that the girlfriend threw her drink on Kim and then a frenzy ensued in which Khole grabbed the girl and others try to dry up the situaiton.

Entertainment Tonight quotes Kardashian on the matter,

"I'm totally fine guys! Luckily I had Khloe and Scott there to protect me. None of use were drinking ... we just wanted a fun family night out. But when people see the cameras rolling, they try to get attention and I guess that's what happened when the drunk girl saw that we were filming."

Throwing drinks at another club patron can get your kicked out or into a messy drink war. But can it come with an extra shot of legal charges too? Perhaps. Assault is an act (throwing the drink) that is intended to cause harmful or offensive contact (vodka-covered clothes in the club). Assault does not necessarily require the contact to actually occur, but the intention to create fear is necessary. So if Kim did not see the drink coming, she also would not satisfy the elements of assualt.

Although it seems unlikely that Kim Kardashian will pursue legal remedies, the encounter could rise to the level of assault, which could result in criminal charges or Kardashian could seek civil penalties for any damage caused by the unwelcome shower, including recovering money for any damage to her expensive wardrobe.

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