Sukarno Pleads Guilty to Champagne Flute Attack
MEEKER, Colo. (AP) _ Former Indonesian first lady Dewi Sukarno pleaded guilty Thursday to attacking fellow jet-setter Maria Osmena with a champagne flute that left a 2- inch shard of glass in the victim’s face.
Under the plea agreement, Ms. Sukarno got a deferred sentence on a felony charge of second-degree assault and also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
A sentencing hearing was scheduled for Jan. 22 on the misdemeanor charge, which carries a maximum six months in jail and a fine of $750.
Ms. Sukarno’s lawyers said they would seek probation but District Attorney Chip McCrory said he would press for jail time.
Authorities say Ms. Sukarno slashed Ms. Osmena’s face with a champagne flute at a star-studded party in Aspen last January. Other guests included Ivana Trump and model Elle MacPherson.
The wound to Ms. Osmena’s face required 37 stitches to close, and a two- inch shard of glass was removed from her cheek. Ms. Sukarno, 52, has said the incident was an accident.
Ms. Osmena wasn’t present at the brief hearing in Rio Blanco County District Court in Meeker, where the case was moved to avoid publicity in Aspen.
Ms. Osmena is the granddaughter of Sergio Osmena, who founded the Nationalist Party in the Philippines and was the president of the Philippines Commonwealth from 1944-1946.
Last year, she was divorced from third husband Dwight Stuart, whose family controlled the Carnation Co. Forbes magazine said the Stuart family is worth about $800 million.
Ms. Sukarno, originally from Japan, was the fifth wife of the late Sukarno, Indonesia’s first president. She lived for many years in Paris before moving to New York last year to be with her daughter.
Both women live in the same apartment building in Manhattan.