Marquis Ventura, 36, allegedly slugged the actor in October whereas he was strolling
The homeless man who allegedly sucker-punched Ghostbusters star Rick Moranis, 67, appeared in a courtroom video on Wednesday whereas it was revealed he has refused to take psychiatric evaluations.
Marquis Ventura, 36, allegedly slugged the actor in October whereas he was strolling on New York City‘s Higher West Facet.
He appeared by video in Manhattan Supreme Court docket pacing forwards and backwards on display screen.
In courtroom, Justice Diane Kiesel mentioned that Ventura has refused two makes an attempt to get him to undergo a psychiatric examination to find out if he’s mentally in a position to stand trial, the New York Post reported.
Ventura, who’s dealing with a felony assault cost, spouted from Rikers Island: ‘That is not true.’
‘I do not imply to speak out of flip or appear impolite, however I have never refused any sort of assembly for my 730 [psychiatric exam] or to speak to my lawyer,’ Ventura mentioned, based on the outlet.
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Marquis Ventura, 36, appeared by video in Manhattan Supreme Court docket on Wednesday, pacing forwards and backwards on display screen
The assault triggered actor Rick Moranis, pictured, to endure ache in his head, again and proper hip
Officers from the NYPD recognized the suspect as Marquis Ventura, who was noticed by a transit officer. He was taken into custody, pictured in November
On Wednesday, the courtroom ordered Ventura to have the psych analysis earlier than his subsequent look on Might 3, the New York Submit reported.
Authorized Support lawyer Autumn Levine advised the courtroom that Ventura has refused to satisfy together with her by video thrice however he suffers from schizophrenia and has been hospitalized in seven totally different states.
The ex-convict has additionally been accused of randomly attacking different strangers final yr, together with the proprietor of a liquor retailer within the Soho neighborhood of Manhattan earlier than stealing a bottle of champagne.
Ventura faces prices for 2 extra assaults in Manhattan and has an arrest warrant out of Pennsylvania, the New York Submit reported.
Footage of the Moranis assault exhibits the actor strolling close to Central Park West when a person instantly strikes him within the head, knocking him to the bottom.
Rick Moranis, 67, was strolling on New York Metropolis’s Higher West Facet final month round 7.30am when he was attacked. Surveillance footage captures a stranger strolling previous him abruptly punching Moranis within the head, knocking him to the bottom (left and proper)
Ventura was arrested by a transit cop on the 96th Avenue and Broadway subway station. He has a historical past of 13 arrests – together with 5 for felonies.
Whereas the unprovoked assault was caught on video, different close by surveillance cameras additionally managed to catch pictures of the suspect.
The assault triggered Moranis to endure ache in his head, again and proper hip.
Shortly after the assault, Moranis was visited by officers from the Neighborhood Affairs Fast Response staff, a newly shaped unit which served to inspect metropolis crime victims.
The premise of the sequel Shrunk issues Moranis’s character’s now-grown son unintentionally shrinking his personal youngsters. Pictured: Moranis in Might 1994
Moranis, who was born in Toronto, Canada, secured his large break when he appeared within the 1983 movie Unusual Brew.
He then appeared in a string of commercially profitable movies together with Ghostbusters in 1984, Spaceballs in 1987, and two movies in 1989, Ghostbusters II and Honey, I Shrunk the Children.
The unique Honey, I Shrunk the Children was so profitable that Moranis returned for sequel Honey, I Blew Up The Child in 1992.
He accomplished the trilogy with straight-to-video sequel Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves in 1997 which was his final on-camera function earlier than his hiatus.
Moranis has largely remained out of the highlight since, solely doing voicework for a couple of animated tasks together with the 2003 movie Brother Bear and TV sequence The Animated Adventures Of Bob & Doug McKenzie.
He mentioned he made the choice to step away to deal with being a single father to his youngsters, Rachel and Mitchell, after shedding his spouse, costume designer Ann Belsky, to breast most cancers in February 1991.
He advised USA At this time: ‘As a single mum or dad and I simply discovered that it was too troublesome to handle to boost my youngsters and to do the touring concerned in making motion pictures.
‘So I took a little bit little bit of a break. And the little little bit of a break become an extended break, after which I discovered that I actually did not miss it.’
In February 2020, The Hollywood Reporter revealed Moranis can be reprising his function as Wayne Szalinski in Shrunk, a brand new sequel within the Honey, I Shrunk the Children sequence. It’s the first live-action movie for him in 23 years.
The premise of the movie facilities round Szalinski’s now grown-up son, portrayed by Frozen star Josh Gad, who repeats the identical mistake of shrinking his personal youngsters.
In a clip for Disney+ (by way of Entertainment Weekly), Moranis praised the director of the unique movie Joe Johnston.
He had the imaginative and prescient of this in his head. And on that film, I used to be actually an actor,’ he mentioned.
‘I feel I drove him loopy a few instances attempting to get extra comedy into it ‘trigger I used to be all the time searching for easy methods to disrupt and get some extra jokes in, and poor Joe simply wished to make his film.’
On the time of Moranis’ assault, celebrities tweeted their anger and despatched their greatest needs to Moranis.
Ryan Reynolds, who starred with Moranis in a business earlier this yr, wrote: ‘Ought to have identified to not topic Rick to the yr 2020. Glad to listen to he is okay.’
And Chris Evans tweeted: ‘My blood is boiling. Discover this man. You do not contact Rick Moranis.’
Celebrities together with Ryan Reynolds and Chris Evens tweeted about their anger over the vicious assault and well-wishes to Moranis