Jennifer Petitgout nee Marino is the estranged wife of former New York Giant Lucas “Luke” Petitgout. He’s been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting her in Bergen County, New Jersey. He was taken into custody on the night of November 4, reports NJ.com.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Luke Petitgout Is Charged With Sexual Assault & Simple Assault
The NJ.com report says that Luke was arrested early on the morning of November 4 and was booked in Bergen County on charges of sexual assault and simple assault against his wife, Jennifer. He was held on a $50,000 bail. His lawyer, Patrick Jennings, told NewJersey.com:
The charges are entirely without merit. The allegations are baseless. We intend to vigorously defend against the allegations in court.
2. She Filed for Divorce From Him After He Punched a Man Who Was Talking to Her
In July 2013, the New York Post reported that Luke was in court faced with assault charges stemming from an incident at a bar in Midtown Manhattan. According to court docs, Luke is accused of violently accosting Jennifer and her friends and then assaulting a man from Queens who was with them. He’s facing trial on the assault charges in December 2014. The Post further reports that after the incident in the summer of 2013, she filed for divorce from him.
3. The Couple Lived Together in the Upscale Woodcliff Lake Neighborhood
It isn’t said exactly where the assault is believed to have taken place but the couple lived in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, which is covered by Bergen County where he was arrested. The NJ.com article reports that the couple own a home there. They have three young daughters.
4. She Uses Her Twitter Account to Rant About Verizon Fios
On her Twitter account, which hasn’t been updated since September, Jennifer Marino ranted frequently against Verizon, virally campaigned for Cory Booker. She describes herself as being “Next to a bottle of wine in NJ.”
5. This Is Yet Another Domestic Violence Scandal Involving the NFL
So how will NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (above) react to this latest scandal? Luke is clearly no-longer an active NFL player — he retired in 2007 — but still he’s linked with the league. With a string of high-profile domestic incidents in the last few months, will Goodell ignore this one?