Joseph Amico, 46, was nabbed by police after making threats to kill the attorneys representing the plaintiffs in a racial discrimination lawsuit against Fox News Channel.
A Las Vegas man threatened to kill a prominent New York lawyer representing plaintiffs in a racial discrimination lawsuit against Fox News Channel, prosecutors said.
Joseph Amico, 46, was hauled into a Manhattan courtroom on Friday afternoon to face an indictment for making a terroristic threat and aggravated harassment in the second degree stemming from a series of calls he allegedly made to Douglas Wigdor’s Fifth Ave. law firm on April 26.
Wigdor is the former law partner of late Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson.
Amico pleaded not guilty, but will be back in Manhattan Supreme Court this coming Monday for a bail hearing.
He called Wigdor’s office and called him a “n—-r lover,” threatening Wigdor, his family and other members of the firm, a source with knowledge of the incident said.
He also allegedly threatened to “blow up the firm,” the source said.
“It was really disgusting and really scary,” the source added.
Attorney Douglas Wigdor (r.) thanked law enforcement for tracking down and arresting Joseph Amico.
Amico’s lawyer Todd Spodek warned that “words can be misinterpreted in the political climate.”
“People are so worked up about the issues that it’s very easy for words to be misunderstood and hysteria to take place,” Spodek said.
Wigdor thanked law enforcement for making the arrest.
“I’m thankful that the DA’s office and the police were able to track him down and bring him back to New York,” he said.
Amico allegedly had a standoff with cops at his home in Las Vegas on May 10 when he refused to be taken into custody in this case.