Josie Harris, Floyd Mayweather’s ex-girlfriend, is suing him for $20 million for lying during an interview.
Harris filed a lawsuit against Mayweather Jr., saying that he lied during a pre-fight interview with Katie Couric in April. Mayweather reportedly told Couric that Harris was on drugs and he was trying to hold her back during their physical altercation that took place in 2010.
According to CNN, Mayweather was arrested in September, 2010, after allegedly punching Harris at his Las Vegas home. Fourteen months later, he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor battery and two counts of harassment. He was sentenced to three months in jail, and served two of them.
In the court documents, Harris claims she was asleep on the couch at the home she shared with Mayweather, his two young sons, and a daughter, when he came home and started punching and kicking her. She said he then proceeded to drag her around the house in front of the children.
On Tuesday, Harris, who now lives in Valencia, California, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County claiming “defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent infliction of emotional distress.” She is seeking $20 million in damages.
“Around five o’clock in the morning on September 9, 2010, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., entered Josie Harris’s home. He found her asleep on the family-room sofa. Already worked up into a jealous rage, the world-champion boxer then grabbed sleeping Harris by her hair and started to viciously beat her — punching, striking, kicking, stomping, dragging, and tossing her around the house — all right in front of their frightened children. Yet, in a nationally broadcast interview with Yahoo! Global News anchor Katie Couric on April 14, 2015 — just two weeks before Mayweather’s ‘fight of the century’ with Manny Pacquiao — Mayweather knowingly and maliciously lied about his beating of Harris, disclaiming any responsibility for the attack and Harris’s resulting serious injuries. Instead, Mayweather pointed his finger at Harris, labeling her as a drug-abuser and an aggressor who the world-class boxer had to ‘restrain.’ “
“It was not Mayweather’s ‘restraint’ of Harris that caused her serious injuries, rather it was his beating of her,” her attorney said in the suit after she denied being a drug addict or user, the Washington Post reports.
Since the altercation, Mayweather has said that the whole situation was hearsay, and there were no pictures to prove it. During the interview with Couric, he said the only domestic violence that occurred was him trying to restrain her.
“Did I kick, stomp, and beat someone? No, that didn’t happen… Did I restrain a woman that was on drugs? Yes, I did. So if they say that’s domestic violence, then, you know what? I’m guilty. I’m guilty of restraining someone.”
“As an aspiring television personality and author, Harris would become unemployable and unpublishable if potential employers or publishers believe that she is, or even might be, a drug abuser or addict, as Mayweather implies in the interview,” the lawsuit states. “Moreover, the audience for Harris’s books would vastly diminish if she is perceived by the public to be a drug abuser or if she is perceived to have lied about Mayweather’s September 9 beating of her; and, like any author, her compensation is largely based on the size of her potential readership.”
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