ST. GEORGE — The Midland Beach man who turned himself in for the killing of a man outside of bar owned by "Mob Wives" star Big Ang was released on $50,000 bail after his arraignment on Wednesday, prosecutors said.
Stephen Fasano, 23, was charged with second-degree manslaughter for the death of Abdou Cisse, 46, in front of the Drunken Monkey bar, 1207 Forest Ave., early Sunday morning, the district attorney's office said.
Fasano was also charged with third-degree assault for the attack on another 39-year-old man he also fought outside of the bar, prosecutors said.
Cisse, a Senegalese native, tried to break up a fight between Fasano and another man outside of the West Brighton bar around 3:40 a.m. when Fasano punched him in the head twice, which caused Cisse to fall to the ground and crack his skull, according to police and court papers. Cisse was pronounced dead at the scene.
"He was not just a customer, but a gentle giant that I loved," tweeted Angela "Big Ang" Raiola, who owns the bar and stars on the VH1 reality-show "Mob Wives."
Fasano punched and kick the other man in the face and body and bit him on the back, court papers said.
His lawyer, Louis E. Diamond, did not immediately respond to requests for comments for this story, but told the Staten Island Advance on Tuesday that Fasano was attacked and didn't even know he caused Cisse's death until later.
"There was an altercation in the place, my client was attacked and then it escalated, and then it ended very quickly and he took off. At the time he left, he didn't even know what happened. He didn't know the results of it," he told the paper.
According to Diamond, Fasano went to the bar with a man and a couple, when a group of older men began to hit on the woman. Fasano told them to knock it off, and when they tried to leave, a man sliced Fasano in the arm and wrist with a sharp object, the Advance reported.
Fasano is due back in court on Sept. 16, the district attorney said.