World-renowned architect Ieoh Ming Pei (貝聿銘), who designed the glass pyramid at the Louvre in Paris and the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong’s Central, was attacked by his health attendant at his townhouse in Manhattan on Dec. 13, police said.
Pei, 98, told police that Eter Nikolaishvili, 28, “grabbed his right forearm and forcefully twisted [it]” inside his Sutton Place home, the New York Post reported, citing a court complaint.
Nikolaishvili injured Pei’s arm while grabbing a phone from him after the architect threatened to call the police because she did “something bad”, a police officer said.
Pei, however, could not recall why he had threatened to call the police on her.
“You know how old people have loose skin? That’s why she was able to tear off his skin so easily,” a law-enforcement source told the newspaper.
Pei was rushed to a hospital at around 4 a.m. and released after treatment for “large red round marks” on his forearm, as well as “bleeding lacerations and bruising”, the source said.
Nikolaishvili told another home health aide that she grabbed I.M. Pei to prevent him from falling, but her action resulted in injuries to the architect, other sources said.
Pei reported the incident to police, who investigated for several weeks before arresting Nikolaishvili last Tuesday for felony assault.
Nikolaishvili was arraigned later that day at the Manhattan Criminal Court and released without bail.
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