The newly minted New York State court jurist overseeing a civil case against Robert Durst doesn’t know who the disgraced real estate heir is.
Durst, who is accused of murdering friend Susan Berman in 2000, faces a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit for some $165,000 in unpaid bills to T&M Protection Resources — an investigative firm which he had hired after his 2015 arrest.
During a brief court proceeding Tuesday, T&M lawyer Vincent Amicizia told Justice John Kelley, “I think you know who the defendant is.”
“He’s a famous guy,” Amicizia said at the proceeding, where Durst’s lawyers pushed for Kelley to throw out the case.
“Honestly, I’ve heard the name, I have no idea what it means,” Kelley said.
Cops have charged that Durst, the estranged scion of a prominent New York real estate family, murdered Berman because she was a witness to the 1982 disappearance of his wife.
Durst, 75, has maintained his innocence.
Authorities have also claimed that in 2001, Durst might have murdered and dismembered a Texas neighbor who was also thought to be a witness. A Galveston jury found him not guilty of murder.
Kelley worked as town justice in Livonia, N.Y., from 1993 to 2002, as well as stints in the New York Liquidation Bureau and state Attorney General’s office.
He has served in New York City civil courts since 2014, but was designated to the Manhattan Supreme Court bench, a more prestigious position, this year.
Durst was collared while on the lam in New Orleans, one day before the final episode of “The Jinx,” an HBO series which followed his life.