JERSEY CITY, N.J. — A new Easter Bunny was back on the throne with long floppy ears and white furry gloves in place at the Newport Centre Mall Sunday night.
But the ears and the gloves came off during a bunny brawl captured on cellphone video that went viral.
It started just after 5 p.m., when a one-year-old girl slipped out of the bunny chair after the photo op with the big tall rabbit. The costumed character told police that the dad then verbally and physically attacked him.
At the start of the video, the bunny, without his floppy ears, can be seen being separated from a man in a brown shirt.
Just seconds later, those white fluffy gloves come off as the bunny approaches the brown shirted man again.
The bunny and the man then tussle and scuffle until mall security guards and police break them apart.
“I look over and see a man in a bunny suit fighting a parent,” a store worker, Shannon Deluco, told PIX11. “I saw punches being thrown and people being thrown to the ground.”
Deluco was working in a second floor store at the mall when the fur went flying and little children started screaming.
“I didn’t see kids, but I feel sorry for them,” Deluco said. “They see the Easter Bunny fighting a man”
While police were busy interviewing the dad and the 22-year-old bunny, trying to figure out if charges should be filed, shoppers just laughed off the fisticuffs.
“Who started it?” One shopper asked. “There are two sides to every story,” she added.
“I live in Jersey City and I thought I have seen everything,” Deluco said, “but I have never seen a bunny fighting a man.”
The Easter Bunny, 22-year-old Kassim Charles and Juan Jimenez-Guerrero, 44, are both being charged with aggravated assault and disorderly conduct.
Both men also had outstanding warrants, including a warrant for Charles for “fare hopping.”
They will both be remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Center.