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No charges for Pesci in alleged punching case

Film tough guy Joe Pesci will not be charged for allegedly punching a fan who photographed him in a shopping center parking lot, officials said Wednesday.

The Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office will not file charges against the Goodfellas Oscar-winner because there was no likelihood of conviction, said Assistant State Attorney Jill Estey Richstone.

od of conviction, said Assistant State Attorney Jill Estey Richstone.

"The investigating officer was unable to determine who the primary aggressor was and there are no independent witnesses to the incident," Richstone wrote in response to a Boca Raton police warrant request.

Broward Community College student Juan Carlos Montenegro, 24, told police that Pesci punched him on Jan. 22 during an exchange at a Boca Raton shopping center. Montenegro met the actor and wanted to take his picture, but Pesci refused. Montenegro kept asking to take a photograph, and when Pesci turned around, Montenegro took the picture. Pesci then punched him, the police report said.

When Montenegro reported the incident, police said his lip was red and slightly swollen, the report said.

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