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Deion’s Divorce Takes a Turn Toward Nasty

McKINNEY, Texas (CN) - Deion Sanders' estranged wife sued the retired two-sports star and his daughter on a long list of charges, claiming her stepdaughter "Tweeted to the world" that her stepmom is a "Gold Diggin' Ho," and her father "did nothing about it."

Pilar Sanders sued Deion Sanders and his daughter from a previous marriage, Deiondra Sanders, in Collin County Court. Also named as a defendant is Prime Time Enterprise.

Pilar and Deion Sanders are being divorced.

Pilar Sanders alleges numerous causes of action, including fraud, defamation, civil conspiracy, assault and battery, and intentional infliction of mental distress.

"Deion Sanders thinks he is above the law - i.e. exempt from the laws that apply to everyone else," the 27-page complaint begins. "Like many famous people in sports, politics and finance, Deion Sanders thinks that money trumps everything and he will not have to be accountable for his actions. So strongly is his belief that he is above the law, that he leads his children and those around him by that example. In this case, when Deion's daughter Deiondra tweeted to the world that: (a) Pilar was a 'Gold Diggin' Ho;' (b) Pilar was 'the number one gold digger of the year, LOL;' (c) Pilar was a 'GoldDigginH*e;' and, (d) ALL PILAR DO IS LIE, Deion did nothing about it. Instead, he publicly endorsed Deiondra's false statements proclaimed that Deiondra was 'only defending her father,' and then Tweeted to the world that he was 'tired of all [Pilar's] lies and foolishness.'"

The complaint adds: "(T)he defendants deployed the following emotional weapons on the plaintiff: dominance, humiliation, isolation, threats, defamation, disparagement, intimidation, denial, and blame. The defendants were dominant because they expected the plaintiff to obey without question and treated her like a servant, a child, as well as a possession. The defendants constantly humiliated the plaintiff by making her feel bad about herself. The defendants made the plaintiff defective in numerous ways and manners. The defendants even persuaded the plaintiff that she was and is worthless, a 'Gold Diggin' Ho,' and that no one else would want her. Further, the defendants utilized insults, name-calling, shaming, and public put-downs directed toward eroding the plaintiff's self-esteem.

"The defendants even used isolation tactics. These tactics were designed to cut the plaintiff off from the outside world, keep her from seeing her family and friends, prevented her from meeting new people, seeking career opportunities, responsibilities, and even required her to obtain permission to go places.

"The defendants even used threats and intimidation. Abusers like the defendants used threats to keep their victim, the plaintiff, from going places. They even scared the plaintiff into dropping and/or enunciating outcry statements. The defendants threatened to hurt the plaintiff, her children, and other family members. Types of intimidation included assault and battery, verbal abuse, slamming doors, threatening looks and/or gestures, smashing things in front of the plaintiff, destroying property, hurting pets, and/or putting weapons on display."

Pilar Sanders requests $200 million in damages. She is represented by Lawrence Friedman, with Friedman & Feiger, of Dallas.

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