Josie Harris is suing Floyd Mayweather for $20 million.
According to CNN, Harris, who has three children with Mayweather, is seeking monetary damages after her ex made claims that she was on drugs during a domestic altercation at his Las Vegas home back in 2010.
“In her lawsuit, Harris says the 5-foot-8 boxer who competes as a welterweight (up to 147 pounds), came into the home as she slept on a couch and began punching and kicking her. He also dragged her around the house in front of their children, the document says.”
Mayweather maintains that he didn’t beat Josie. In an April interview with Katie Couric, Mayweather said that Josie was abusing drugs at the time of the incident, and he used force to hold her back at the time. Weeks later (and after a major money-winning boxing match), Josie filed this defamation lawsuit.
Josie Harris and Mayweather clearly have very different interpretations of what happened back in 2010.
“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,” Mayweather told Couric. However, Harris’ attorney says that his client did not get the bumps and bruises that she had from being restrained.
“It was not Mayweather’s ‘restraint’ of Harris that caused her serious injuries, rather it was his beating of her,” said Harris’ lawyer in the court filing.
According to the Washington Post, it doesn’t seem like Mayweather has any intention of retracting the statements that he made that have harmed his ex.
“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. 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.”
Not only has he refused to comment further, but he has yet to respond to the lawsuit. Many believe that Mayweather will give his ex money to keep her quiet and to make all of this go away.
After being awarded $100 million following his win against Manny Pacquiao and expecting about another $100 million in addition to that, the $20 million that Harris is seeking won’t even make a dent.
And if Mayweather decides to agree to a rematch against Manny Pacquiao? The money will keep on pouring in. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, there has been some chatter about the two boxers getting in the ring together again.
Do you think Mayweather is lying about what happened with Harris? Do you think he will pay her the $20 million or will he see this through in court? Sound off in the comments below.
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