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Woman Files Suit Against Kansas City Running Back Larry Johnson


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11/17/2008
Brent Adams
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A Kansas woman has filed a personal injury suit on November 10 against Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson one month after she claims he spit a drink in her face at a bar before making death threats against her and her boyfriend.

The suit was filed in Jackson County, Kansas Circuit Court by 24-year-old Ashley Stewart and alleges that the two-time Pro-Bowler was negligent in addition to accusing him of assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

The suit seeks punitive damages, attorney fees, and any other amount deemed fair by a jury. In October, Johnson was charged with simple assault as a result of the October 10 incident at Kansas City’s Club Blonde.

Johnson served a one-game suspension imposed by the NFL for violation of the league’s personal conduct policy as a result of the incident, but has since returned to the team.

The suit claims that on October 3, Johnson offered to buy Stewart a drink, but she declined. She claims that a week later, he became belligerent and said, “All I wanted to tell you is I’m going to kill your boyfriend. I’m gonna kill you, too. First I’m gonna kill your boyfriend, then I’m going to kill you and that’s a promise.”

Stewart alleges that as she backed away from Johnson, he took a drink from his glass and spit it in her face. She was then tackled by his two bodyguards. She claims that he tried three more times to spit on her as he was walking to his car with his bodyguards.

The incident was the fourth accusation of assaulting a woman against Johnson in the past five years. He has a court date scheduled for December 4 for allegedly pushing another woman’s face at another night club in Kansas City in February.



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