Familia, wife exit court together after domestic violence hearing

Mets closer Jeurys Familia left a New Jersey courthouse Thursday after his first appearance to face domestic violence charges hand-in-hand with his wife, who sources have identified as his alleged victim.

The Dominican-born Familia, 27, dressed in a light blue suit jacket, white shirt and dark slacks, pleaded not guilty before Fort Lee Municipal Court Judge John DeSheplo to all charges, entering his plea using a translator.

His wife Bianca — who was not named in court but who sources have said is the victim — sat to Familia’s left. The pitcher is charged with simple assault for the Oct. 31 incident.

A restraining order barring Familia from contact with his victim was dropped.

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“She is under no duress,” said the victim’s attorney, Cathy Fleming.

Mets closer Jeurys Familia leaves court with his wife Bianca — who was his alleged victim — after pleading not guilty to domestic violence charges.

Mets closer Jeurys Familia leaves court with his wife Bianca — who was his alleged victim — after pleading not guilty to domestic violence charges.

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Familia walked arm-in-arm with his wife for a couple blocks after the seven-minute hearing before they got into a white Range Rover and drove away. Familia declined comment.

In the original criminal complaint, cops “found probable cause to believe that domestic violence had occurred” when they arrived at Familia’s Fort Lee apartment. The complaint states that the alleged victim — whose name is redacted — had “a scratch to the chest and bruise to the right cheek.”

Under New Jersey law, Familia’s charge is the equivalent of a misdemeanor. He is not entitled to a jury trial, and the maximum penalty he faces is six months in jail, a $1,000 fine and two years probation.

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Familia could also face the possibility of deportation if he is not a U.S. citizen and he was convicted.

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Familia appeared in an ad earlier this year where he spoke out against violence against women.

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Familia was represented by his defense attorney, Paul Brickfield. The next court date is scheduled for Dec. 15.

“We’ll try to resolve it,” Brickfield said.

Major League Baseball has launched an investigation into the Familia matter.

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“I think that it is usually difficult for us to complete our investigation before the criminal process has run its course,” baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said at the General Managers meetings in Arizona Wednesday. “We have the luxury of not being on the field right now, and we’re going to take advantage of that.”

Jeurys Familia (l.) pleaded not guilty to domestic violence charges for an Oct. 31 incident.

Jeurys Familia (l.) pleaded not guilty to domestic violence charges for an Oct. 31 incident.

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters in Arizona that the arrest came as a “shock” to the organization.

Familia was part of an ad campaign against violence against women that was sponsored by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and aired earlier this year.

In the spot that was part of the “Not a Fan” series, Familia says in Spanish, “I’m a fan of baseball. I’m a fan of the Mets. I’m not a fan of domestic violence.”

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The Dominican-born Familia led the majors with 51 saves this past season and is one of the key cogs in manager Terry Collins’ bullpen. Collins wouldn’t comment on the matter last week at an ALS charity dinner in Times Square.

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