ACTRESS Meryl Streep’s nephew, Charles Harrison Streep, attacked a teenager with “racial slurs” and caused his brain to bleed in a road rage episode in East Hampton, a lawsuit alleges.
Driving an Audi convertible on August 24, Charles Streep, 31, allegedly blew a stop sign and almost hit David Peralta, 18, who was in a red Ford Mustang in downtown East Hampton, Peralta’s lawyer Edmond Chakmakian told the New York Post on Wednesday.
“The privileged individual that he is, he blew the stop sign like it wasn’t there, came narrowly close to my client’s car,” Chakmakian said of Charles Streep.
“He yells at my client and David said, ‘Hey, you had the stop sign. You’re in the wrong.’”
According to Chakmakian, Charles Streep made an illegal U-turn and trailed Peralta and his girlfriend who was also in the car, to a Chase bank parking lot.
Charles Streep pulled Peralta’s door open and “said something to the effect of, ‘What are you, 14 years old?’” Chakmakian said.
The older man lodged several racial slurs against Peralta, who was born in the U.S. and is of Ecuadorian descent, Chakmakian said.
Then, Charles Streep body-slammed Peralta and caused him to hit his head on the ground, according to court papers obtained by the Post.
“The defendant’s conduct was intentional, malicious and racially motivated, as evidenced by the defendant spewing racial slurs during the attack,” states the lawsuit filed on Wednesday.
Chakmakian claims that his client became unconscious, but Charles Streep still lifted his body and slammed it on the ground in “an absolute obscene display of anger and violence.”
Charles Streep faces felony charges of assault and strangulation.
The lawsuit seeks punitive damages and was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Peralta’s lawyer is also petitioning the Suffolk County district attorney to file upgraded hate crime charges against the 31-year-old.
Charles Streep’s father, Dana, is the brother of Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep.
Peralta refused medical attention after the beatdown, but soon after getting home, he was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital for an emergency surgery to ease pressure on his brain.
The surgery involved removing his skullcap, and photos emerged of him in a hospital bed with stitches along his head.
“If he was there 20 minutes later, he would not have made it or he would’ve been left in a vegetative state,” Chakmakian said.
The John Jay College student was heading into his sophomore year and worked as a server at DOPO La Spiaggia Hamptons.
Peralta now faces more than $80,000 in medical bills, cognitive and physical therapy, according to his attorney.
“He’s never going to be the same. He’s lucky if he finishes college,” Chakmakian said.