Conrad Black's son denies assaulting girlfriend
Caroline White and Jonathan Black are pictured in this undated photo posted to Facebook. Black was in court charged with assaulting White. Handout/Postmedia Network
“I am innocent. Talk to her.”
After leaving court, the son of former media tycoon Conrad Black proclaimed his innocence Monday about allegations he broke his girlfriend’s wrist and her cellphone in a domestic dispute.
Jonathan Black, 38, was freed on bail four days after he was arrested and charged with assault causing bodily harm against Caroline White, 21, and mischief under $5,000.
Black was surrounded by his supportive family members, mom Joanna MacDonald, stepfather Brian MacDonald and his younger brother, James, as they left the College Park courthouse.
He was released on a $25,000 bail with his mom and stepdad posting $10,000 apiece and his brother, 30, who works in the finance industry, providing $5,000.
Black, who works as a personnel head-hunter, must be in the presence of one of his sureties or his father unless he is attending work. He must live at either his midtown condo or his mom’s home in the same area.
He is banned from possessing weapons. He’s prohibited from contacting his girlfriend or attending anywhere she’s known to frequent.
White, sporting a cast on her left wrist, showed up in court Monday morning but left without saying a word before Black appeared in bail court.
His lawyer, Robb MacDonald, said his client will contest the allegations.
This isn’t the first time Black has seen the inside of a courtroom as an accused in domestic turmoil.
In 2011, he was convicted of harassing an ex-girlfriend. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of breaking his bail conditions after he was found in the same downtown bar as his ex and for contacting her.
After spending 16 days in pre-trial custody, he was given a suspended sentence and two years probation for failing to comply with his recognizance.
In 2008, he was fined $2,000 for a hit-and-run downtown.
His father has famously faced his own legal troubles.
In 2007, Conrad Black was found guilty in the United States of scheming to siphon off millions of dollars from the sale of newspapers owned by Hollinger, where he was chief executive and chairman.
Two of his three fraud convictions were later voided, and his sentence was shortened. He was released in May 2012 after having served more than three years in prison.