Friendly neighborhood Spider-Man trial underway in New York City

Times Square Spider-Man Philip Williams is charged with attempted assault and harassment.
By Evan Bleier   |   June 18, 2014 at 8:53 AM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, June 18 (UPI) -- A costumed Spider-Man who usually entertains tourists is on trial for allegedly hitting a woman who didn't tip him and then threw snow at him in February 2013.

During the alleged incident, Victoria Goreaciuc's children posed for a photo with Philip Williams while he was dressed up as New York City's favorite webslinger. When she didn't tip him, Williams allegedly called Goreaciuc "crap."

She stewed about the remark for a while and then eventually found Williams and hit him with some snow and ice. He then allegedly hit her in the face and knocked her to the ground.

A Spider-Man suit is being used as a piece of evidence during the trial and a Batman impersonator was also allegedly on the scene during the altercation.

Williams is charged with attempted assault and harassment and could be sentenced to up to 90 days in jail if he is convicted during the non-jury trial.

The legal proceeding will continue on Wednesday.

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