Celeb Lawyer 'Threatens' Ex-Client With Mafia
Dominic Barbara admits to leaving intimidating message
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2012 3:30 PM CDT
Attorney Dominic Barbara speaks during a press conference in Garden City, New York, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – A celebrity divorce lawyer is under investigation for allegedly threatening a client with Mafia violence on a recorded voice message, the New York Post reports. Barbara left the message for truck driver Ray Young Jr, who had claimed in a complaint that Barbara was holding onto $200,000 in unearned fees. “Ray, it’s Dominic Barbara,” the lawyer says on the message. “Before you call me back, I’d like you to Google . . . Joseph Barbara. Mafia. That’s my grandfather."

Barbara goes on to say he's with a man "right now" and "maybe we'll come over and see you later, if you want." Contacted by the Post, Barbara said he made the call to "scare [Young] off"—but later claimed the message was a fake. As for Young, he says Barbara is "threatening me like a mobster. This is not the TV show 'Mob Wives.' I don’t like threats—nobody does." Barbara, currently suspended as a lawyer, says Young's complaint with the Bar Association is keeping him from getting his job back.

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HANKHILL
Sep 11, 2012 12:11 PM CDT
so what? slo nd?
teamhoneybadger
Sep 11, 2012 8:01 AM CDT
So wait a minute ... You left a message... on someone's answering machine... threatening them? Uh ... sure, stop on by later, I'll introduce you to my friends down at the station and a good laugh was had by all.... .
finkster
Sep 10, 2012 3:36 PM CDT
" Barbara says Young's complaint with the Bar Association is keeping him from getting his job back" As if this idiot deserves his job back.....the only job he should get is laundry duty in prison