Bradford Beckerman (left) appears in Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Beckerman was arrested and charged with attacking NY Daily News staff photographer Jefferson Siegel in March, breaking his collarbone and knocking out one of his teeth. Next to Beckerman is his lawyer, Mariel LaSasso and at right is judge Lisa Sokoloff.
On Monday, March 16, just before the 1 p.m. court lunch break photographer Jefferson Siegel was standing outside a courtroom door, waiting for a defendant to leave. He was on a court assignment for the Daily News. The defendant left with several people. As the group of 4 or 5 well-dressed, younger-middle-aged people left in a group, one person launched himself at Siegel knocking him down and breaking his collarbone and knocking a tooth loose that eventually came out.
The assailant is Bradford Beckerman who once appeared on CNBC as owner of Bradford's Tonics, a high-end Florida juice company whose products are sold in better health food stores.
Beckerman was also honored by the NAACP in 2009 for a NAACP Theatre Award for his work inspiring a healthy lifestyle.http://www.lasplash.com/publish/Los_Angeles_Entertainment_109/NAACP_Theatre_Award_Nominations_-_come_to_the_festival_August_30th.php
His case continues and he is scheduled to be back at Manhattan Criminal Court in July.