By Debra Friedman
Posted: 09/28/2009 10:15:47 PM EDT
GREENWICH -- Despite her intuitive powers, psychic Janet Lee probably did not see an arrest in her future, especially just weeks after alleging she was the victim of an assault outside her store on Greenwich Avenue.
However, the self-proclaimed "foremost psychic in New England" was arrested by Greenwich police over the weekend after detectives said she lied about being attacked in town by rival psychics over the summer.
Lee, 35, of 143 Wolfpit Ave., Norwalk, was charged Saturday with falsely reporting an incident, interfering with an officer and providing a false statement after turning herself in to police on an arrest warrant.
Lee called police on July 11 from Greenwich Hospital to report she had been beaten by a man outside her office at 16 Greenwich Ave. around midnight. Police said Lee walked herself to the hospital after the alleged attack.
Four days before the attack, Lee also contacted Norwalk police to report that she had been receiving threatening phone messages pertaining to her business and her son.
However, Detective Robert A. Brown Jr., who investigated the case, said he did not believe Lee was attacked outside her office in town. Brown said he believes Lee may have been assaulted by someone she knew in Norwalk.
"There were numerous inconsistencies with her story and her timeframe," said Brown. "This, more than likely, happened in Norwalk because the evidence shows she was in Norwalk during the timeframe it had taken place." Brown said he did not know what Lee's motive might be.
Norwalk police did not comment Monday on whether they were still investigating any of Lee's claims.
Lee's attorney, Mark Sherman, said despite the arrest, the psychic was sticking by her story that rival psychics were responsible for the assault and harassing messages. Lee said in July she had heard of another psychic coming to town, but did not know any further information about them.
"She still maintains that this assault is somehow connected to a rival psychic business," said Sherman. "We have the medical reports from Greenwich Hospital to substantiate all the claims."
Lee said in July that the man attacked her with his fists, telling her he was going to kill her and leaving her with a black eye and a cut on her face. Police said there was no video footage outside Lee's store during the time frame she said she was attacked.
Lee says she has a large clientele and describes herself as a "life coach."
Sherman said he felt the latest charges against Lee were "absurd."
"Janet is a highly regarded psychic who specializes in predicting the future, not fabricating the past," Sherman said.
Lee is scheduled to be arraigned in state Superior Court in Stamford on Oct. 7.
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