Dwight Howard Denies Allegations, Seeks Dismissal of Lawsuit

Former NBA luminary, Dwight Howard, has stepped forward to contest assault and battery charges filed against him earlier this year.

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Dwight Howard Denies Allegations, Seeks Dismissal of Lawsuit
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Former NBA luminary, Dwight Howard, has stepped forward to contest assault and battery charges filed against him earlier this year. In a bid to clear his name, Howard has approached a Georgia court to dismiss the civil lawsuit presently hovering over him.

Consent in Question

Recently acquired court papers, as reported by ESPN, show that Howard claimed to have had "consensual activity" with Stephen Harper during an encounter at his Georgia home in July 2021. Contrary to Harper's claims, Howard denied inflicting any harm upon him.

The backstory took its roots in May 2021 when, according to the initial complaint, Harper initiated a conversation with Howard via direct Instagram messages. This online communication culminated in a face-to-face meeting in July 2021, during which Harper alleges he was assaulted by Howard.

Olga Izmaylova, representing Harper, stated to ESPN, "We fully anticipated Mr. Howard to raise the issue of consent in his Answer," further clarifying Harper's stance that he did not give consent.

Beyond the Alleged Assault

The lawsuit's scope isn't limited to the assault allegation.

Harper also accuses Howard of "intentional infliction of emotional distress" and false imprisonment – allegations that Howard firmly denies. Shining a light on Howard's perspective, his attorney, Justin Bailey, communicated to ESPN, "What was a private consensual encounter was made public for profit and Mr.

Howard looks forward to bringing the truth to light in a court of law." Bailey continued to stress the point that the charges against Howard are hotly contested. He elaborated on the ordeal, mentioning that after blocking Harper on social media, Howard faced a difficult decision: "pay to protect his reputation or have a fabricated story made public." Despite the sensitive nature of the accusations and his prominent status, Howard has opted to place his faith in the justice system.

As evidence in this intricate web of allegations, Harper's complaint contains alleged screenshots of Instagram conversations between the two parties from 2021. Additionally, it furnishes an Uber receipt, believed to corroborate Harper's journey to Howard's residence on the contentious night.

As this legal battle unfolds, it serves as a reminder that every story has multiple facets. Time and the justice system will determine where the truth ultimately lies.

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