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Brian Hsu ordered to undergo mental evaluation after being charged with assaulting flight attendant

DailyMail.com can reveal Brian Hsu’s father is Yun ‘Richard’ Xu, a banking and private equity attorney who sits on the Asian Law Alumni Advisory Board at Georgetown University

The father of the 20-year-old accused of assaulting a flight attendant last week sits on Georgetown University’s Asian Law Alumni Advisory Board and is a successful Shanghai attorney – but his son is using a public defender.

Yun Xu, who also goes by Richard, is a banking and private equity attorney with ‘science, law and MBA degrees from Nanjing University, Peking University, the University of Georgia and Georgetown University,’ his website says.

The 55-year-old attorney ‘currently sits on Georgetown University’s Asian Law Alumni Advisory Board,’ according to the Shanghai-based law firm he founded, Han Yi Law Offices. 

His Irvine, California-based son, Brian Hsu, 20, is accused of punching an American Airlines flight attendant in the face after bumping into her during a flight home from New York on October 27. 

Brian Hsu is charged with assaulting an American Airlines flight attendant last week. He is seen at his family home in Irvine, California on Wednesday

Brian Hsu is charged with assaulting an American Airlines flight attendant last week. He is seen at his family home in Irvine, California on Wednesday 

The 20-year-old appears to be using a public defender to fight the charges, despite his father's legal prowess

The 20-year-old appears to be using a public defender to fight the charges, despite his father’s legal prowess 

Hsu was restrained after an incident aboard an flight from New York to Santa Ana which was diverted to Denver, Colorado following the physical confrontation

Hsu was restrained after an incident aboard an flight from New York to Santa Ana which was diverted to Denver, Colorado following the physical confrontation 

Hsu, who is allegedly recovering from brain surgery on a skull injury from a brutal attack in New York City last year, claimed to an FBI investigator that the attendant ‘charged’ at him and then smashed her nose into his hand.

Despite the legal prowess of his jet-setting father, who according to neighbors and his law website works between his son’s home in Irvine, his New York office and Shanghai, Hsu does not yet appear to have hired a private attorney, instead using a public defender over his federal assault charges.

Federal court records show Hsu retained California public defender Andrea Jacobs, and has been released with a $10,000 bail bond – on the condition he submit to a mental health evaluation.

Hsu is also banned from traveling anywhere but Rhode Island ‘for the purposes of medical treatment’, his home in Southern California, and Colorado where his federal case is being heard, and is disallowed from owning guns or other weapons. 

A 2001 letter from Georgetown McDonough School of Business names Hsu’s father as a 1996 alumni based in Hong Kong. 

His LinkedIn page says he has been managing partner of Han Yi since 2007, and previously worked as an associate at the New York offices of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and at O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Hong Kong. 

Federal court records obtained by DailyMail.com show Hsu retained California public defender Andrea Jacobs, and has been released with a $10,000 bail bond – on the condition he submit to a mental health evaluation.

Federal court records obtained by DailyMail.com show Hsu retained California public defender Andrea Jacobs, and has been released with a $10,000 bail bond – on the condition he submit to a mental health evaluation.

New York state records show he was admitted to the bar in 1996.

His Han Yi Law Offices bio said he also worked ‘with two leading PRC law firms as a PRC lawyer for several years.’ 

‘Mr. Xu is educated and trained as both a PRC and a New York lawyer and has science, law and MBA degrees from Nanjing University, Peking University, the University of Georgia and Georgetown University,’ the site said.

‘He currently sits on Georgetown University’s Asian Law Alumni Advisory Board.

‘Mr. Xu has been the primary counsel to numerous leading investment institutions and multinational companies from a broad range of industries and provided full range of legal services from deal structuring, legal document drafting to deal closing for their various cross-border M&A, joint venture and financing projects, privatization transactions and other financing initiatives related to China.’

Xu did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

His son was interviewed by an FBI agent after American Airlines flight 976 made an emergency diversion to Denver International Airport following the alleged assault. 

Hsu claimed in the interview he had been attacked in New York last year, sustained a severe skull fracture, and was returning home from a Rhode Island doctor’s appointment after receiving brain surgery. 

Hsu claimed in interviews with police that he was returning home after undergoing brain surgery in Rhode Island due to a severe skull injury he sustained from an attack in New York last year

Hsu claimed in interviews with police that he was returning home after undergoing brain surgery in Rhode Island due to a severe skull injury he sustained from an attack in New York last year

General view of the house where its believed Brian Hsu lives with his mother Julie in Irvine, California

General view of the house where its believed Brian Hsu lives with his mother Julie in Irvine, California

Richard Xu's Han Yi Law Offices bio states he also worked 'with two leading PRC law firms as a PRC lawyer for several years'

Richard Xu’s Han Yi Law Offices bio states he also worked ‘with two leading PRC law firms as a PRC lawyer for several years’

According to the New York District Attorney, 40-year-old River Tarpley was charged over the alleged September 2020 assault at the south east corner of Union Square West and East 17th Street.

The DA’s complaint says Tarpley used ‘a deadly weapon’ to attack Hsu.

‘I am informed by an individual known to the District Attorney’s office that he observed the defendant punch him in the face multiple times causing him to fall to the ground and hit his head,’ the complaint said.

Hsu, 20, is seen leaving a Los Angeles court on Monday after being released on a $10,000 bond

Hsu, 20, is seen leaving a Los Angeles court on Monday after being released on a $10,000 bond

‘I am further informed that he observed the defendant take informants head and slam it on the ground causing him to lose consciousness. I am further informed that he suffered intracranial bleeding, as well as a skull fracture, bleeding, bruising and substantial pain, injuries which are consistent with a person’s head making contact with the ground in a forceful manner.’

According to his neighbors, Hsu graduated from Irvine’s Northwood High School and attended university in New York.

He lives with his mother, Julie Yu, 49, in a suburb of the Southern California city near Los Angeles. 


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