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Peter Cedeno, NYC Divorce Attorney, Accused of Sexual Abuse

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Peter L. Cedeno, of Cedeño Law Group, a predatory New York City divorce attorney, may be disbarred for several sexual assault, coercion and misconduct allegations regarding his younger female clients. The accusations against the married 50-year-old divorce lawyer, of Ramsey NJ, have piled up since the 2016 filing of a bombshell lawsuit by former client Atesa Pacelli, a Battery Park City mom who was going through a highly contentious divorce. Now Cedeno could be facing a career-ending flood of people speaking out to describe his deceptive behavior as their fiduciary.

Pacelli sued Cedeno alleging malpractice, professional negligence, and sexual assault. The suit states that Cedeno prolonged Pacelli’s divorce case and “leveraged his undue influence over her to engage her in a sexual relationship”. The suit charges that Cedeno manipulated her into an alcohol-laden lunch after a court hearing and then had sex with her. Cedeno then attempted to derail a reconciliation between Pacelli and her husband to ensure his own sexual relationship with her. He took “advantage of her intoxicated condition”, and she was “unable to meaningfully consent” as Cedeno was hoping to get her pregnant so that Pacelli “could not ignore” him. Cedeno tried to impress Pacelli and “assert his masculinity” by bragging that he liked to speed more than 120 mph and “outrun cops”, the suit alleges. He also claimed that he was addicted to pornography and had shot someone before taking the bar exam. In one bit of raunchy repartee, Cedeno sent a text message to his client saying “Right now I’m in the middle of doing something simply for pleasure, use your imagination.”

Cedeno threatened to attack Pacelli if news of his adulterous relationship became public. Pacelli has reported Cedeno to the state ethics committee and is weighing criminal charges against him. She shared her story because “I just don’t want it to happen to someone else”.

Since the details of the case became public, numerous other sexual misconduct allegations have been made against Peter Cedeno. Cedeno purportedly used his role as an attorney to pursue several sexual relationships, including one with the wife of a client between 2010 and 2012. Cedeno’s client has not been named publicly, and it is unclear if another lawsuit has been filed against Cedeno or if he has been reported to the state ethics committee for these actions.

The most recent victim of Peter Cedeno to go public has detailed an exchange where Cedeno demanded sex in exchange for his representation of her. The woman has initiated a Change.org petition to disbar Peter L. Cedeno and asked the Bar Association to investigate Peter L. Cedeno and his firm Peter L. Cedeno & Associates PC. The woman has not made her identity public and has filed the petition under the name “Jane Doe” describing the coercive behavior. She claims to be a former client and states that she hired Mr. Cedeno to represent her in a divorce complicated by a custody fight for her two children. Her Change.org petition alleges that Mr. Cedeno requested an after-hours meeting with her at his office the night before their first court appearance, where he stated that her retainer was gone. He then offered to represent her for free if she were to “go on dates” with him and “put out”. The woman claims that she refused Mr Cedeno’s advances.

The petition goes on to say that Mr. Cedeno arrived late and unprepared for the woman’s court date the next day and their court appearance was unsuccessful. She fired him and got another lawyer. She is asking the New York Bar Association to investigate both Peter Cedeno and his firm Cedeño Law Group, PLLC (formerly known as Peter L. Cedeno & Associates) for his conduct, pleading “Please don’t let your many fine decent and honorable members be damaged by the presence of a sleazy sexual predator”.

Family Law attorneys are prohibited from having sexual relations with clients because their clients are often in a vulnerable state. Should someone with questionable ethics or manipulative methods be trusted with the responsibility of representing emotionally wrecked clients? Peter Cedeno has a lot of explaining to do as his role as a divorce attorney is being challenged, and a New York Bar Association investigation seems inevitable.

Details in this article were provided by NY Daily News, New York Post, UK Daily Mail, and Inside Edition.

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Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker make out backstage at ‘SNL’

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Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker can now add “Saturday Night Live” to the list of places where they’ve passionately made out.

Several new photos shared by Kardashian on Instagram show the couple fooling around on a black leather couch while backstage for the show on Oct. 16, when Barker performed with musical guest Young Thug.

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker making out backstage at "Saturday Night Live"
Kravis really went for it while hanging out in an “SNL” dressing room on Oct. 16.
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There’s clearly a lot to unpack in the pics, but one shows Kardashian, 42, laying across Barker’s lap as the two engage in a steamy kiss. Others show a shirtless Barker, 45, staring up at his girlfriend as she plays with his drumsticks.

Kourtney Kardashian putting a drumstick in Travis Barker's mouth while backstage at "SNL"
Kardashian stuck one of Barker’s drumsticks in his mouth while visiting “SNL” this weekend.
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Many fans also noticed that Barker had his hand planted firmly on Kardashian’s butt in all nine of the photos.

“You’re the best drummer I know 😍🥁,” the Blink-182 drummer commented on the post, to which Kardashian responded, “@travisbarker I learned from the best 😎.”

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker hanging out backstage at "SNL"
Barker and Kardashian’s PDA has been endless since they went public with their romance earlier this year.
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The outing seemed to be a full circle moment for the hot couple, who were the target of Kim Kardashian West’s hilarious “The People’s Kourt“ skit on “SNL” just one week earlier.

“Travis! Travis, baby, I have to do my show,” Kim said while impersonating Kourtney, as “SNL” cast member Mikey Day took on the role of Barker.

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker show off PDA while backstage at "SNL"
Barker held onto Kardashian’s bum firmly in every pic she posted from Saturday night.
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In more Kravis news, the two had a bit of a scare after Barker dropped his phone during a commercial flight on Friday.

As Page Six exclusively reported, a passenger told us that Kourtney was “frantically searching” for the phone and demanded “five more minutes” to look for it when a flight attendant asked her to take her seat so the plane could take off.

The eyewitness claimed that Barker stayed in his seat while his girlfriend was allegedly being “bratty” and “acting like a child.”

However, a source close to the Poosh founder denied the passenger’s story and said it “only took five minutes” for her to retrieve Barker’s phone.

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Jay-Z due to testify in NYC lawsuit over ‘reneged’ perfume deal

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Rap mogul Jay-Z is expected to get grilled on the witness stand over claims he reneged on a deal to promote his own perfume.

The 51-year-old artist, whose real name is Shawn Carter, is named in a breach of contract lawsuit filed by Parlux Fragrances accusing him of failing to peddle the Gold Jay-Z fragrance line under a 2012 agreement.

Jury selection in the civil case begins Monday.

Parlux filed the lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court in 2016, claiming the “Empire State of Mind” rapper declined to push the perfume, including on “Good Morning America” and in Women’s Wear Daily. He’s also accused of refusing to do a promotional appearance at Macy’s.

The lawsuit claims it even pitched a contest involving a $20,000 perfume bottle with an 18-karat gold cap as the prize — only to have Carter reject the promotion and keep the prototype.

Jay Z fragrance "Gold" which $20,000 and features an 18-karat gold cap.
Jay Z fragrance “Gold” which $20,000 and features an 18-karat gold cap.

The company claims it lost $18 million in all because Carter allegedly didn’t live up to his end of the bargain — and names Carter and his company, S. Carter Enterprises, as defendants.

“The launch started out successfully and the product initially received rave reviews from Palux’s retailer customers,” the lawsuit, filed Jan. 25, 2016, says.

“However, in the fragrance industry, it is virtually impossible to sustain the success of a celebrity fragrance brand,” the lawsuit said, without “promotional support from the celebrity in the form of public appearances” and “regularly updating and refreshing the brand with ‘flanker’ launches and new line extensions.”

Parlux filed the lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court in 2016, claiming Jay-Z declined to push the perfume.
Parlux filed the lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court in 2016, claiming Jay-Z declined to push the perfume.
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“Flanker” launches consist of “using new packaging, often new fragrance scents and some variation on the name of the originally launched brand,” the suit said.

Carter countersued, claiming he is still owed $2.7 million by Parlux in the deal.

The rapper already gave a video deposition in the case but at an Oct. 1 hearing, Judge Andrew Borrok said Parlux should call Carter as a live witness and “do this the old-fashioned way.”

According to Jay-Z (left) he is still owed $2.7 million by Parlux in the deal.
According to Jay-Z (left) he is still owed $2.7 million by Parlux in the deal.
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Parlux attorney Anthony Viola said at the hearing that Carter would be his first witness.

“This should be sorted out pretty quickly now given the fact that Mr. Viola knows that I’m encouraging him to call the artist and the artist’s business manager,” Borrok said then. “So, the artist might be our first witness in the case if that’s what Mr. Viola chooses.”

It is unclear when the rapper will take the stand.

His attorney Alex Spiro declined to comment on the case Friday.

Parlux’s attorneys did not return a call seeking comment.

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Gisele Bündchen throws Twitter into tizzy with Tom Brady ‘trade’ tweet

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Gisele Bündchen is getting in on the troll game.

Tom Brady tweeted on Saturday that he was “missing the fall this year,” perhaps reminiscing of the cool October days in New England instead of the heat in Tampa. But Bündchen didn’t let it go without poking some fun at her husband.

“Time for a trade?” Bündchen tweeted while quoting Brady’s original tweet.

The 44-year-old Brady is in his second season with the Buccaneers after spending the first 20 years of his career with the Patriots. He is doing just fine for himself in new surroundings, having won a Super Bowl in Tampa last February.

“Did I miss something?” Brady tweeted in response to Bündchen’s joke.

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Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen.
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The tweets made in jest still got Twitter in a tizzy.

Brady made his return to Foxborough on Oct. 3, defeating Bill Belichick and the Patriots, 19-17.

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