Officer faces new charges in bartender beating
He was off duty when incident with 115-pound female bartender occurred
CHICAGO - Prosecutors announced 14 additional felony charges Friday against a Chicago police officer whose videotaped beating of a female bartender made international headlines.
Anthony Abbate, a 12-year department veteran, was charged with seven counts of official misconduct, one count of communicating with a witness, three counts of intimidation and three counts of conspiracy, Cook County State's Attorney's office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said.
Abbate, 38, still faces an earlier felony charge of aggravated battery. He is to be arraigned on the new charges May 16.
The charges stem from a Feb. 19 beating at the Short Stop Inn, a tavern on the city's northwest side, after the 115-pound bartender refused to serve a 250-pound man any more drinks.