The brother of a Queens congresswoman and an infamous fraternity could be forced to pay for their own legal defense in a civil case over the 2013 hazing death of a Baruch College student.
Chun “Michael” Deng, 19, was forced to run, blindfolded and loaded down with a backpack filled with 30 pounds of sand, while other members of Pi Delta Psi repeatedly tackled him to the ground in a hazing ritual dubbed “Glass Ceiling.”
The violent game unfolded in a rented house in the Poconos, where Deng’s frat brothers failed to call 911 and waited at least an hour to bring the pledge to a hospital.
Thirty seven frat members, as well as the organization itself, were criminally charged in the case. Four members pleaded guilty to manslaughter. The Asian-American fraternity, founded in 1994, was fined more than $110,000 and banned from the state of Pennsylvania for a decade.
Andy Meng, the one-time national president of Pi Delta Psi who is Queens Rep. Grace Meng’s younger brother, was accused of trying to cover up the circumstances of Deng’s death.
Meng and Pi Delta Psi are being sued in Pennsylvania by Deng’s mother.
In a Brooklyn Federal Court lawsuit, Admiral Insurance Company claims it should not be obligated to provide a legal defense for Meng or Pi Delta because the policy it issued to the frat does not cover hazing activity.
Neither a lawyer for Meng nor the fraternity responded to messages.