- Last Updated: 1:32 PM, May 18, 2012
- Posted: 1:31 PM, May 18, 2012
Broadway bad boy Eric Nederlander lost an important battle in his bitter custody war with psychologist wife Dr. Lindsey Kupferman today, when a Manhattan Civil Court judge ordered the NYPD to turn over by Monday scads of non-public documents in the theater family scion's January girlfriend-accosting arrest.
"We have important issues to resolve regarding custody and access to a 4-year-old little girl," Justice Deborah Kaplan said, referring to Mira, the couple's daughter in ordering the police department to hand over the arrest records.
The records include the 911 call made by girlfriend Nancy Okun in January, in which she accuses Nederlander of violating a protection order by yanking her hair while she slept -- all the while yelling, "You're cheating on me!"
Okun had an order of protection in the first place because she'd accused him the previous July of smashing her face into a taxi's Plexiglas partition while yelling, "Don't get out of the cab. Please don't do tis to me. They'l take her away --" another apparent reference to little Mira, over whom he and Kupferman had been arguing since beginning divorce proceedings two years ago.
Nederlander lawyer Bernard Clair had argued against the arrest records' disclosure, noting that his client could be cleared of these latest charges, rendering the matter moot. The NYPD records in question also include arrest and domestic incident reports, and the order of protection itself.
"We want to know what the order of protection says, and if it was violated," argued Bonnie Rabin, who reps Kupferman with co-counsel Martha Cohen Stine and Harriet Newman Cohen.
In agreeing, the judge referenced how the couple's two-year court battle -- in which Kupferman is seeking full custody -- could have been resolved by now if Nederlander hadn't been busted.
"The issues concerning this little girl need to be resolved and finalized," she said, "and would have if not for Mr. Nederalander's arrest."
The lawyers are back in court Monday for psychiatric testimony about what effects, if any, Nederlander's arrest and related behavior has had on the girl.
Nederlander isn't due back in Manhattan Criminal Court until July 12, when prosecutors will announce if a grand jury has voted on the criminal case.