MANHATTAN — A lawyer who was once accused of being in bed with mobsters is now accused of acting like one.
Larry Bronson — who spent 16 months in federal prison for protecting Gambino crime family strip club investments — was arrested at his East 68th Street home on charges he stalked a woman in his building and then threatened to “crack (her) head open” with a baton when she rebuffed his advances, authorities say.
Bronson, 68, allegedly was calling and texting the 42-year-old woman who lived in his building. He refused to stop when she repeatedly asked him to leave her alone, police sources said.
Finally, on July 10, Bronson allegedly crossed paths with the victim, “approached her with a baton in his hand” and “slammed the baton on a table.”
“I will crack your head open,” Bronson allegedly told his victim, according to a criminal complaint.
The fearful tenant called the cops, who charged Bronson with two counts of menacing and weapons possession.
He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance with a court date set for October.
Bronson’s first brush with the law occurred in 2005 when he was charged with intimidating dancers at the posh Gold Club strip club in Georgia. He was accused of trying to pressure them not to testify in a 2001 federal racketeering trial against the club’s owner Steven Kaplan, a Gambino crime family associate close to John A. "Junior" Gotti — a captain whose father, John, was the family's Godfather.
The sensational trial involved Patrick Ewing, the New York Knicks great, and other sports stars who were club patrons and testified against Kaplan.
According to Bronson’s 2005 indictment, he allegedly used his role as an attorney to help mobsters learn who were potential witnesses to intimidate.
Bronson eventually was convicted on tax-related charges accusing him of failing to pay tens of thousands of dollars to the IRS. He blamed his problems on depression and drinking.
Attempts to reach him and his lawyer were not successful.