Peter Nardi, Aspen scenester, busted (again) over alleged underwear-stuffing sex assault

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A well-known figure in the Aspen area, Peter Nardi previously ran an eatery named for him and is currently the day manager and bartender at a local restaurant. But these days, he's making news well outside the foodie realm. Nardi's been accused of a sex assault involving a woman with whom he was once involved; she says he brutalized her for an entire night, including stuffing underwear down her throat. He publicly declared his innocence after being released -- but he's since been arrested again, for allegedly violating his bond by having a drink. Details below.

The Aspen Daily News detailed the charges against Nardi in an April article. At about 12:40 a.m. on April 6, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the paper, the woman with whom Nardi had been involved for eight months or so -- and who says they'd broken up -- returned home after a night out with friends to find him in her living room.

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Nardi's restaurant, as seen in a 2008 blog post.
Nardi is said to have immediately started questioning her about who she'd been with. But rather than responding, she walked toward her bedroom, hopeful that he wouldn't explode if she ignored him. Instead, the affidavit maintains, he followed her into the room and began removing her clothes -- and when she attempted to resist, he pushed her into a wall, dragged her down a hallway by her hair and said he'd kill her if she tried to get away.

After that, Nardi allegedly tossed her on her bed. covered her face with a pillow and punched her until she lost consciousness. After that, the woman said Nardi sexually assaulted her (he's thought to have digitally penetrated her, as opposed to intercourse), forced water from a plastic water bottle up her nose and into her mouth, and jammed his underwear down her throat, causing her to choke.

Afterward, the police report says Nardi threatened the woman against calling the cops, but she did so anyhow, prompting his arrest near the Aspen Airport Business Center that afternoon.

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Nardi was arrested at the Aspen Airport Business Center.
Afterward, bond for Nardi was set at $400,000, which the Daily News describes as a record amount for Aspen Valley. But this amount was subsequently lowered to a much more modest $2,500 because of what were described by the Aspen Times as "new findings."

As for Nardi, he spoke to the Times in early May to proclaim his innocence of the charges against him. While conceding that he was "no angel," he maintained that he was a gentleman at heart -- the kind of guy who opened doors for women rather than hurting them.

In contrast, he said his accuser had been physically hostile toward him, but he'd stayed with her out of love -- at least until the 6th, when he claimed she blew up at him for telling her two kids, ages twelve and fourteen, that she'd recently been busted for driving under the influence.

"She started punching me in the chest and stepped back and clocked me in the mouth," Nardi he told the papers -- and although he admitted to holding her wrist and pushing her away by the throat in self-defense, he otherwise characterized the rest of her tale as "crazy, made-up stuff."

Nonetheless, local prosecutors are continuing to pursue the case against Nardi, who's now been hit with more legal problems.

Continue for more of our coverage of accusations against Peter Nardi.


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Timmy
Timmy

Psycho women make up stories to get men they have some problem with. Even if they are not literally psycho, their "emotions" lead them to do such crazy things. Sad how many of the commenters just buy her story hook line and sinker, no questions asked. Look at all the trouble women in the military are causing with all the sex assaults. Who knows how many are real and how many are just made up, an easy way to get back at some other soldier who made them do something they didn't want to do.   

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I have and ALWAYS WILL, interfere w/ a man assaulting a woman or child in ANY WAY !!! To include speaking up during public spankings of children !

Cops are the biggest wife-beaters on the planet !!!

Teddy Liebowitz
Teddy Liebowitz

Fucking Nardi. My dad was friends with that guy when I was a little kid. Guy was a MASSIVE coke head. (Probably why my dad was friends with him...) I'd get dragged to his now notorious house parties with my little brother in tow and we'd just sit there bored as hell watching this asshole and all his buddys disappearing into the bathroom and then getting more and more uncomfortable as they got weirder and weirder. I used to get the worst vibes from that dude. To this day he ranks up there on my list of biggest scumbags I've ever encountered.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Cocaine does crazy things to people ......

ObamaNazi
ObamaNazi

@Gerard Veilleux  were you hit by a man ?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Gerard Veilleux ... what about drunken coke-whores who lie to police?

CloudGang
CloudGang

Females better believe if they assault me im knocking hoes out!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Gerard Veilleux  

Zero !

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Teddy Liebowitz ... Things Go Better With Coke!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay  

Not all had 'Ward & June' for parents ..

OR,  parents at all, for that matter .......

F'n reject of the 'Free-Love' 60's ?

Look no further than Juan ....

CloudGang
CloudGang

I'll chat with you in ten days.....im going to go stay in the sheriffs house.FUCK THE POLICE!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@CloudGang  

Are you going down, Bro ? Sleep & read, while ignoring   the stupid fucks ALL around you . You'll be out before you know it !

FUCK THE POLICE !!!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay @CloudGang  

That's not fair, Hotay ! I have several friends who I feel who were the better of the two parents, but did not get custody following the divorce, solely on their gender . 

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