$20M defamation lawsuit filed against Mayweather Jr.

Milan Ordoņez on May 06, 2015 02:55 PM
$20M defamation lawsuit filed against Mayweather Jr.
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MANILA - Floyd Mayweather Jr. is facing some post-fight legal battles of his own.

While Manny Pacquiao currently faces a class-action suit from disgruntled fans, boxing’s reigning pound-for-pound king is now being sued by ex-girlfriend Josie Harris for defamation charges, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent infliction of emotional distress. 

In a report by CNN.com, Harris is seeking $20 million for damages.

The lawsuit is stemming from Mayweather Jr.’s pre-fight interview with Yahoo! News’ Katie Couric, where “Money May” vehemently denied the domestic abuse incident that happened in 2010.

"Did I kick, stomp, and beat someone? No, that didn't happen,” Mayweather said with confidence. “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."

In 2012, Mayweather was jailed for two months after pleading guilty to misdemeanor battery and two counts of harassment. 

Harris filed the lawsuit on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) in Los Angeles county. She also denied Mayweather's claims of her being on drugs.

 

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