Prosecutors had successfully argued that despite Ms Kandelaki’s own wacky biography – she described herself to jurors as a reality show hopeful, a stripper, a gunpoint-kidnapping survivor and an expert in “deep, inner tantric massage” – she was still the victim of an intentional assault.
“Whether she is a prostitute or an escort, or whether she paid her taxes or did not pay her taxes… regardless of all these things this man intentionally caused physical injury to her,” prosecutor Jennifer Sigall said at the sentencing.
Ms Sigall asked Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Robert Mandelbaum to cage Hartmann for a full year, the maximum.
Defence lawyer Joseph Tacopina got that knocked back to 60 days after arguing that Hartmann is actually a good, charitable businessman who was being hit up for money by a laughable tax crook.
“She still doesn’t pay taxes on many of her – employment ventures, if you will,” Mr Tacopina said.
“I never meant to hit her,” Hartmann told the judge.
He has insisted that he merely lost his balance on his prosthetic leg when Ms Kandelaki reached for his wad of cash.
He must turn himself in to begin his sentence tomorrow.