Child actress ‘bit police officer and yelled "you’re dealing with a celebrity"’
A child actress and fashion designer bit a police officer and yelled: "you're dealing with a celebrity" as she was restrained in her multi-million pound mansion, a court heard.
Charlotte Laudat, who now calls herself Charlotte Geneva, had been "drinking heavily" before the incident at the property in Buckinghamshire last December.
She had was celebrating her 32nd birthday when police were called to reports of a domestic incident.
When they arrived they found the mum, who is expecting baby number three, with her 14-week-old. Her 14-year-old daughter was also in the house.
She then launched into a foul-mouthed tirade before biting one of the police officer's biceps.
And despite it breaching her suspended sentence for a previous attack on her then-husband, which left him in a wheelchair, Geneva was spared jail.
Judge Catherine Tulk heard the mum had been celebrating her birthday and had drunk a lot of alcohol.
Addressing Geneva she said wryly: "You had a pretty great 32nd birthday, one way or another?"
The defendant replied: "One way or another, yes."
The judge, sitting at Aylesbury Crown Court, heard that when officers arrived at her home they found her in a state of drunken distress.
She was with her newborn baby and officers led her out and tried to convince her to stay with friends or at a hotel.
But prosecutor Ben Rowe said Geneva descended into a state of of visible and erratic distress as officers attempted to calm her down.
The judge heard she subsequently launched into a foul-mouthed tirade at police, bizarrely shouting: "You're dealing with a celebrity!".
She was screaming, swearing and thrashing around as officers were forced to physically restrain her, the court heard.
However the incident reached a bizarre, fever pitch for one officer – Police constable Rakesh Phakey.
The court was shown footage of the moment he attempted to calm the screaming Geneva and restrain her in the vehicle.
She then bit the officer's left bicep in front of his stunned colleagues.
Geneva was subsequently arrested at the scene and taken into custody, following the late evening incident on December 7, 2018 at a mansion in Sherington near Newport Pagnell.
Geneva was previously spared a sentence after she slashed her then-husband eight times across the face in such a severe attack he was left with no choice but to jump out of a window.
She launched the frenzied attack on Simon Laudat, after finding naked pictures of a woman in her 70s on his phone.
He was left in a wheelchair following her assault.
She was handed a suspended sentence following that attack – and it was that sentence she breached in her drunken assault on Pc Phakey.
In mitigation, defence counsel Tyrone Smith QC outlined an unspecified – at the judge's request – traumatic experience in the weeks leading up to the incident which left her vulnerable to the arrival of police officers at her home.
Mr Smith also emphasised the deep-rooted personal issues the defendant had struggled with for years.
He argued she had made real and sustained efforts to recognise her problems and deal with them since her dramatic arrest.
He also told the judge she was a talented woman – a former child actress, a successful children's fashion designer and skilled businesswoman, who needed real support and help to fight her demons and fulfill her potential.
Judge Tulk was also told she was pregnant with her third child, and Mr Smith stressed a custodial sentence would inflict far more damage on her young family than her.
Standing in the dock with straight dark hair and a dark dress, Geneva had earlier admitted one charge of assaulting an emergency worker and was heard quietly sobbing as the judge read out her sentencing remarks.
Judge Tulk handed her a 12 month community order including 12 rehabilitation requirement days and 40 hours unpaid work.
She is also required to complete the conditions from her previous suspended sentence.
Geneva was ordered to pay £100 compensation to the victim, £510 prosecution costs and was handed a £200 fine.
Judge Tulk said: "You admitted the offence at the earliest opportunity at magistrates court on January 15 this year.
"The reason you appear before this court is that this offence was committed while under a suspended sentence order for two previous offences. Your plea put you in breach of that order.
"Officers attended your home address to deal with a domestic incident and they found you with your 14-week-old baby and your 14-year-old daughter was also in your house.
"From the time they arrived the police were trying very hard to diffuse the situation without arresting you. They were trying to persuade you to leave, or go to a hotel, or stay somewhere else.
"I think it is fair to say you had celebrated your birthday too fiercely and a copious amount of alcohol had been taken. If you had not drunk that alcohol, you would not have behaved the way you did.
"You left the officers with no alternative but to arrest you. We have all just watched that brief body-worn camera footage, at which you are shouting, screaming at Pc Rakesh Phakey.
"His left bicep was unfortunately in close proximity to your face – and you bit him.
"The fact it was committed during a suspended sentence order was an aggravating factor, as was the fact you had been drinking heavily.
"The drink was not just because it was your birthday – but there are clear underlying causes why you had been drinking.
"There are older, deep-seated causes, but in particular, the incident that had taken place at your home had left you suffering PTSD and I can fully understand why you had turned to alcohol – not for entertainment, but as a crutch to get through a very time in your life.
"I start by saying in view of the history about which I have read in the pre-sentence report, and the medical letters I have received, about what had gone on a few weeks earlier… if I were to sentence today for a reduced period, the people who would suffer the most are not you but your children, with another on the way.
"The effect it would have on your partner, children and unborn child… it would be unjust, in the circumstances."
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