George Bardwil, the owner of the country's biggest table-linen company, Bardwil Home, is looking at three years in prison for brandishing a gun that wasn’t registered to him during a robbery in his Manhattan apartment.
The gun in question, a loaded, .40 caliber Sig Sauer, was legally registered to Bardwil's bodyguard. The gun was stashed in a secure box in the apartment, according to Bardwil’s defense lawyer Michael Bachner. Bardwil is contesting the gun possession charge and pleaded not guilty to felony gun possession in Manhattan Supreme Court, according to The New York Post.
Bardwil was arrested for the gun after he called 911 to report a burglary at his apartment. When police arrived on the scene, the millionaire "Linen King" showed them security footage of himself pointing the firearm at the intruder. The thief was arrested later.
"There's no dispute that George was being burglarized," Bachner said. "George had been the victim of multiple burglaries, and the DA's office concedes that it was used in self defense."
In addition to the gun charge, Bardwil, 60, is still facing assault charges for allegedly pummeling his 26-year-old ex-wife, Emiko. He remains free on $250,000 bail.
Source: (The New York Post)