Meryl Streep’s nephew allegedly hurled racist slurs in an road-rage incident in East Hampton, the victim’s lawyer said Wednesday, as photos of the teen’s horrific head injuries emerged.
David Peralta, 18, plans on suing Charles Harrison Streep over the alleged beatdown on Aug. 24, which required emergency surgery to relieve pressure in his brain, attorney Edmond Chakmakian told The Post.
The John Jay College student and aspiring detective, who lives in East Hampton, is now facing significant cognitive difficulties.
“He was looking forward to starting his sophomore year,” Chakmakian said. “Instead, he’s starting years of physical therapy, cognitive therapy. He’s got medical bills hanging over his head in excess of $80,000.”
Peralta was behind the wheel of a new red Ford Mustang and taking his girlfriend to the Chase Bank ATM in downtown East Hampton when he passed Streep, 31, who allegedly blew through a stop sign in his Audi convertible.
“The privileged individual that he is, he blew the stop sign like it wasn’t there, came narrowly close to my client’s car,” Chakmakian said. “He yells at my client and David said, ‘Hey, you had the stop sign. You’re in the wrong.’”
An irate Streep allegedly then pulled an illegal U-turn, following Peralta and his girlfriend into the Chase parking lot and yanking the drivers-side door open.
“[Streep] said something to the effect of, ‘What are you, 14 years old?’” said Chakmakian. “He’s got a young face but he’s 18.”
The lawyer claimed Streep also dropped several racist slurs against Peralta, an American-born Ecuadorian, and then body slammed the victim, causing his head to smash into the ground.
“After he was unconscious, he lifted up his limp body and slammed it onto the ground,” Chakmakian said. “It was an absolutely obscene display of anger and violence.”
Peralta initially refused medical attention at the scene — but his condition worsened once he was home, resulting in him being airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital for emergency surgery.
“If he was there 20 minutes later, he would not have made it or he would’ve been left in a vegetative state,” Chakmakian said.
“He’s never going to be the same. He’s lucky if he finishes college.”
The lawyer, meanwhile, said he’s petitioning the Suffolk County District Attorney to file upgraded hate crime charges against Streep.
Streep — whose father, Dana, is Meryl’s brother — faces felony charges of strangulation and assault.
His lawyer didn’t immediately return an email. The Suffolk County DA’s Office also didn’t immediately return a message.