A New York City Police detective testified on Monday that the owner of a banana-importing company allowed a woman to die following a three-way sexual liaison involving cocaine in 2009.
According to The New York Post, Detective Edward Boyle testified that Long Island Banana Corp. head Thomas Hoey Jr. refused to call for an ambulance to help Kimberly Calo after she overdosed while spending the night with Hoey and his then-mistress Nicole Zobkiw at a Park Avenue hotel on January 10, 2009.
Boyle testified that he was told by Zobkiw that Calo started convulsing at one point in the evening and collapsed to the floor and was “frothing at the mouth. Her eyes rolled back in her head. Her lips started turning blue.” However, when Zobkiw tried to get Hoey to help Calo, he allegedly replied Calo “was going to be fine.”
Boyle also said that while Zobkiw is seen on hotel security video going to the lobby three times to get help, Hoey told hotel security that “a doctor friend” was en route to treat Calo.
Zobkiw is accused of lying to a grand jury about the events of that evening. Her attorney, Leonard Lato, argued on Monday that she was intimidated by another lawyer, Barry Balaban, into covering up what happened by threatening her wih the loss of custody of her son. Hoey allegedly recorded the conversation.
Hoey has not been charged in connection to the fatal encounter.
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