A lawyer warned the New York state court system more than a decade ago about murderous “anti-feminist” lawyer Roy Den Hollander, pleading that the unhinged attorney be forced to go through a metal detector before entering court because he was such a danger, he told The Post.
“Hollander always had a very thinly-under-the-surface kind of a smoldering,” attorney Paul Steinberg told The Post. “Kind of this violence, just below the surface.”
Thirteen years before Den Hollander, 72 and dying of melanoma, launched a Sunday attack on a federal judge’s New Jersey home — killing her son and critically wounding her husband — his violent tendencies were readily apparent to anyone who cared to see them, said Steinberg, who sent a letter to the state in 2007 warning that Den Hollander was a ticking time bomb.
That year, Steinberg was representing William Fasano in a Manhattan Civil Court noise suit lodged by Den Hollander, who lived in the Stuytown apartment below Fasano’s.
When Steinberg entered the courtroom for what should have been a routine scheduling conference, he took one look at the judge and knew that Den Hollander was about to lose it.
“She was very young. She had very nice crinkly blonde hair,” said Steinberg of the jurist.
“The fact that she was very good-looking and I think she reminded him of the Russian woman,” Steinberg continued, referring to Den Hollander’s ex-wife, Alina Shipilina. “I knew he was ready to blow.”
After a contentious hearing, Steinberg “hightailed it” out of the courtroom and into the hallway, only to be chased down by a raging Den Hollander.
“He came running down the hallway behind me,” recalled Steinberg. “He came right up on my right and grabbed [me].”
The pair ended up on the courthouse floor, and Steinberg turned for help to a court officer, who held Den Hollander behind for about five minutes to give Steinberg time to leave safely.
That run-in was the final straw for Steinberg, who that night penned a letter to a lieutenant at the state’s court system, both detailing that attack and drawing to their attention the disturbing, misogynistic ramblings on Den Hollander’s personal blog.
“Of particular concern is that Mr. Den Hollander is able to enter into your building without passing through security screening,” wrote Steinberg. “Leaving aside indicia of mental instability already in the court record, the violent and misogynistic words of Mr. Den Hollander’s own blog are troubling. Now, Mr. Den Hollander feels comfortable initiating a physical confrontation in a courthouse hallway.”
Steinberg dismissed portrayals of Den Hollander as an “eccentric but harmless crank,” garnered by his far-fetched discrimination lawsuits against everything from ladies’ nights to college women’s studies programs.
“I would respectfully urge you to consider appropriate staffing during appearances on this matter, particularly when there are factors (such as a female judge) which may trigger unpredictable behavior by Mr. Den Hollander,” he wrote.
As Steinberg put it more bluntly to The Post, “My concern was he was going to bring in a gun and shoot a female judge.”
But the only thing that changed in an attempt to avoid further confrontations, Steinberg said, was Den Hollander being brought closer to the jurists.
“When he was done, the court officers would surround him like he was a protected person,” he said. “They would take him out through the judge’s room, down the judge’s elevator and out the judge’s exit.”
Meanwhile, the excessive noise case wound on, with Steinberg noting that Den Hollander had filed similar complaints against his previous upstairs neighbor, a woman.
During the case, Den Hollander also vocally objected to the openly-gay Fasano wearing tight shirts to court, showing off his muscular physique, according to Steinberg.
“I said to the judge, ‘Judge you don’t have to be Sigmund Freud to know what’s going on here,’” recalled Steinberg. “You have the issue of the hyper-masculine thing [with Den Hollander], right down the buzz cut.
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