Broker acquitted of gym member assault

June 3, 2008 4:23:35 AM PDT
A Wall Street stock broker accused of throwing a fellow health club member into a wall during a cycling class has been acquitted.

A Manhattan Criminal Court jury found 44-year-old Christopher Carter not guilty of assault against hedge-fund manager Stuart Sugarman.

Carter had complained about the 48-year-old Sugarman's loud hollering and grunting during the high-impact spin class and asked him to quiet down. Sugarman says he refused. He says Carter lifted his exercise bike and hurled him into a wall, damaging a disc in his neck.

Both men weigh about 200 pounds.

A juror says the panel thought the injury occurred earlier.

Carter is a broker at Maxim Investments Group.