Published On: Mon, Apr 16th, 2018

Dick Manitoba and his ex-girlfriend hit with orders or protection


“Faster and Louder” met “Law & Order” on Centre St.


The rift between former Dictators front man Richard (Handsome Dick) Manitoba and his ex-girlfriend Lara (Zoe) Hansen continued to play out in a Manhattan courtroom on Monday, where an order of protection was issued against a stunned Hansen.


The order is in response to a Feb. 6 incident in which Hansen allegedly walked out of Manitoba’s bar in the East Village with several bottles of booze and $20 in cash before shattering a glass door with her foot.


Hansen, who sometimes bartends at Manitoba’s, has denied breaking the door or stealing liquor and says the $20 was to buy dinner for the 15-year-old son she has with Manitoba. That case is slated to go before a judge in early June.

Punk legend Handsome Dick Manitoba cleans up for court appearance


There were media reports that Hansen also tossed a bottle through one of the barroom windows, though that wasn’t listed among the charges against Hansen. She calls that claim “100% false.”


Manitoba, 64, was not in the courtroom on Monday, but it’ll be his turn to play defendant on May 3 in response to charges that he assaulted Hansen during a Feb. 2 dustup in an apartment they co-own in the East Village, days before her stormy visit to Manitoba’s bar.

Richard Manitoba appears in Manhattan Criminal Court with his attorney Franklin Rothman (l.) on March 26.

(Alec Tabak/for New York Daily News)


Manitoba’s attorney, Frank Rothman, said, “I’m hoping there will be a resolution that will not include any admission of guilt on criminal charges” in that case. 


Bronx native Manitoba, born Richard Blum, is a seminal figure in the East Village punk scene, where his bands frequently played at CBGB along with the Ramones, Talking Heads and Television. Music site Californiarocker.com reported Feb. 9 that the Dictators had ceased to be a band, citing the fact that their dictatorsnyc.com web page no longer exists.


Hansen, 51, attended Monday’s arraignment with a public defender as well as her friend, musician Joe Hurley. She will be back in court in June to answer to the charges against her.


“In a #Me Too era, this is an outrage,” Hansen said. “I left court the same way I came — not knowing why I was being charged. I was the victim of abuse by my ex. Now I have an order of protection against me.”

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