Judge to issue arrest warrant for N.Y. rapper

by Chad Abraham, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer

A judge this week ordered a New York rapper to appear in court Monday to address the nearly $25,000 he owes a Snowmass Village woman for injuring her during a 2009 performance in Aspen.

Lester Fernandez, who goes by the stage name Psycho Les, will be held in contempt of court and an arrest warrant will be issued if he doesn’t appear, wrote Judge Daniel Petre of the 9th Judicial District.

Petre ruled in August that Fernandez, who according to court documents has abandoned defending the lawsuit filed by Kristin Scharrer, owes the money.

During the show Fernandez and his band The Beatnuts were playing at the Belly Up, the lawsuit said he made repeated overtures to get her on stage, which she declined. He then forcibly pulled her up, slicing her leg on a sharp edge of the stage in the process, wrote Scharrer’s attorney, Jeff Wertz of Aspen.

Scharrer sued in 2010 for battery, outrageous conduct and false imprisonment.

In a court filing Monday, Wertz said if Fernandez is arrested, he will request a cash-only bond of “no less than the current running balance of the judgment, which was $24,769 as of Feb. 15.”

A demand that Fernandez provide post-judgment information, including his address, employer, the name of his bank and whether he owns any automobiles, RVs, ATVs, jet skis and the like, was legally served on him during a New York City concert, a Dec. 20 filing says.

“My client’s frustrated,” Wertz said Thursday. “She hasn’t seen a dime on this and would like to get paid.”

The Beatnuts were performing at the Webster Hall Nightclub and Performance Center on Dec. 15, the process server wrote.

“I walked up to the defendant and addressed him by name to make sure he was the proper individual,” the filing says. “He confirmed he was, [and] I delivered a copy of the service document to him.”