New York City gym owner pleads guilty to assault, drug charges

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NEW YORK CITY — A New York gym owner has pleaded guilty to two charges of felony assault and drug charges stemming from an altercation that left a fellow owner unconscious in the early morning hours of March 14, according to a court document obtained by The Associated Press.

The documents say Anthony M. Piro, 44, pleaded guilty Thursday in Manhattan federal court to a charge of felony battery and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Prosecutors say Piro punched a woman at a gym in the Bronx in March.

Puro’s attorney, Robert S. Kornfeld, declined to comment.

Pires attorney, Michael A. Kriegel, also declined to discuss the case.

The lawsuit alleged that Piro assaulted the woman on March 13.

Prosecutors have said that the incident occurred during a fight at a Manhattan gym.

They did not say what prompted the altercation.

The woman, who is not named in the court documents, is an Olympic lifter who has won the women’s 100-meter freestyle and 200-meter hurdles.

The gym owner told police Piro knocked her unconscious during a confrontation.

She filed a lawsuit against Piro and the gym owner last month.

Prosecutors allege that Pires actions contributed to the death of the woman.

Prosecutors said they have reviewed the gym’s surveillance video and the incident was captured on a cell phone.

The video shows Piro walking down a hallway in the gym at the time of the incident.

The camera then pans to the corner of a hallway, where Piro is seen punching a woman.

The victim’s husband says Piro told him his wife was pregnant.

The husband also says Pires hand was on his wife’s mouth and she was trying to fight him off.

He says Pire then punched the woman in the face, knocking her unconscious.

Pire has been arrested on multiple charges.

The Associated News contributed to this report.