Trent Richardson named in lawsuit claiming assault by girlfriend
Cleveland Browns' Trent Richardson named in lawsuit by two women claiming assault by his girlfriend at his home
By Plain Dealer staff
on March 22, 2013 at 6:05 PM, updated March 22, 2013 at 6:18 PM
CLEVELAND, Ohio --
A civil lawsuit was filed Friday afternoon against Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson, his brother Terrell, his girlfriend and two others by two women who claim they were verbally and physically assaulted at Richardson's home in Columbia Station in 2012.
The lawsuit claims that the incident began on Dec. 9, 2012, at Rumors night club following a Browns victory and continued into the early hours of Dec. 10 when the defendants invited Krystal Jones of Maple Heights and Kathleen Hunter of Cleveland to Trent Richardson's home in Columbia Station, according to the complaint.
Jones and Hunter are represented by attorney Leif B. Christman, who supplied a copy of the lawsuit he said he filed today in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
The clerk's office was closed this afternoon and could not provide a copy of the complaint with the official time stamp, but an assistant clerk confirmed that the case had been filed.
Once inside the home, Trent Richardson asked the two women to leave, but as they were leaving, Christman said Richardson became enraged, cursing the two women for "slamming a door" and "disrespecting his house," according to the complaint.
The complaint accuses Richardson of slamming his fist onto the hood of Jones' vehicle, denting the hood and causing $1,500 in damage. It also accuses Richardson of orchestrating a physical assault on the two women, naming his girlfriend Sevina Fatu of Columbia Station and two other yet unnamed women as the assailants.
Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis said the team is "aware of the situation, but will not comment at this time. A call has also been placed to Richardson's agent.
Richardson has been in the news quite a bit over the last week as his helmet-to-helmet smash on Eagles safety Kurt Coleman was used as Exhibit A to get a controversial new "crown rule" passed by NFL owners in Phoenix, Ariz. on Wednesday.The competition committee showed video of Richardson's hit on Coleman that sent Coleman's helmet flying. At the time, the crunching blow drew thunderous cheers from fans, but under the new proposed rules, it would attract a 15-yard penalty and probably a fine.
Richardson, a graduate of Alabama was selected by the Browns with the third pick in the first round of the 2012 college draft.