EXCLUSIVE: Lawyers In A War Of Words Over Jersey Shore Bar Brawl

May 14 2010, Published 9:31 a.m. ET

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Jersey Shore cast member Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola is accused of punching bar patron Kristen Deminco in the eye, and now the  attorneys involved in the case are in a war of words even before a lawsuit has been filed, has exclusively learned.

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“Sammi shares the sentiments of her lawyer, in that it’s all a non-issue and there’s nothing to be alarmed about.” Sammi’s attorney James Leonard told RadarOnline exclusively.

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“I spoke to Sammi last night and she was in good spirits and enjoying her time in Miami.” Leonard said about Sammi’s demeanor just days after the fight that occurred on May 7 at club Dream in Miami.

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Tom Pennkamp, who is representing the 24-year-old who got a black eye in the fight, took a very different stance saying, “maybe someone should punch her in the eye and it won’t matter to her.”

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Sammi’s attorney fired back after Deminco’s attorney held a news conference in Miami on Monday.

“Anytime someone is holding a press conference they are clearly in it for the fame” said Leonard. “I don’t think the civil suit is worth the filing fees and it’s a colossal waste of everybody’s time.”

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Deminco’s attorney disagrees: “There are four other people in New Jersey who have been victim to this behavior,” Pennkamp says referring to Jersey Shore fights since the show began. “And it’s actually a big deal. There is a RICO lawsuit filed in New Jersey and we’ll do the same.” RICO refers to Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which also makes it a criminal offense.

Leonard who doesn’t seem convinced of the seriousness of the future filing said, “There are two sides to every story so no one should prejudge what happened.”



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