Ex Sues Floyd Mayweather

LOS ANGELES (CN) – Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather beat up his girlfriend, held her own gun to her head, stole more than $1 million of her belongings and defamed her as a “baby killer,” the former model claimed Thursday in a lawsuit.
     Shantel Jackson sued Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Superior Court, alleging assault and battery, defamation, conversion, privacy invasion, false imprisonment, harassment and other charges. She is represented by Gloria Allred.
     Among the claims in the 27-page lawsuit are that Mayweather held a gun to her head – and it was her own gun.
     Jackson claims that she met Mayweather in July 2006, when she was 21, working as a hostess in Atlanta. She already had bought her own house in Las Vegas, but after they became intimate, Mayweather “prevailed upon” her to move in with him in his Las Vegas home, Jackson says.
     He gave her many gifts, including a 17-carat diamond ring worth $2.5 million, Jackson says.
     She claims that she stood by him during a criminal proceeding that sent Mayweather to jail for 3 months for domestic violence against another woman, and visited him in jail.
     But after he was released, Mayweather choked her, twisted her arm, and “forcibly took her phone away from her to look at it,” Jackson says. A week later, she claims, he asked for forgiveness, “and promised that he would never assault her again.”
     But that’s not what happened, Jackson says. She claims that while she was working in Los Angeles, Mayweather called her and asked for the security code to her home. When she returned, she says, she found that the boxer had stolen “substantially all of her expensive clothing, accessories and personal items.”
     She claims that “Mr. Mayweather told her that he had removed her property from the residence as a test to see how important these possessions were to her.”
     After Mayweather promised, falsely, to go to counseling, Jackson says, she put what was left into storage in Glendale, Calif., and moved to Los Angeles “for a fresh start.”
     But Mayweather lured her back with promises to reform, Jackson says, and after it became clear that he “had not turned over a new leaf,” he “bent her arm, restrained her, and pointed a gun (which happened to be the plaintiff’s own licensed weapon) at her foot, asking: ‘Which toe do you want me to shoot?’ With the gun still pointed at Ms. Jackson, Mayweather said that he would not allow her leave. While forcibly restraining her, he removed her diamond ring from her finger (which he told her had been appraised at $2.5 million) and also took her earrings and other jewelry that she had been wearing,” Jackson says in the lawsuit.
     It continues: “The same evening that he took her jewelry Mr. Mayweather directed one of his agents to remove large amounts of her personal property, consisting of clothes, shoes, purses, credit cards, identification and cellular telephones from Ms. Jackson and placed them at a location unknown to her.
     “For a period of time after he removed Ms. Jackson’s personal property, Mr. Mayweather kept her virtually a prisoner in his home. He maintained surveillance. She could only leave the house if she was accompanied by one of his employees.
     “In June of 2013, Mr. Mayweather was out of town and Ms. Jackson used that opportunity to leave Las Vegas and move back to California.”
     When she returned to California, Jackson says, she found that her storage locker had been burglarized, and that more than $1 million worth of stuff had been stolen from it.
     “Mr. Mayweather subsequently confessed to Ms. Jackson that he had arranged for the removal of her personal items from the Glendale storage units, and that he had personal possession of the bags, clothing and shoes that had been removed and he would give them back to her if she came back to him,” Jackson says.
     When she refused, Jackson says, Mayweather defamed her as a “baby killer” because she had aborted twins he fathered upon her. She claims he used a sonogram of the twins to “inflict emotional torture upon her” by posting it on social media.
     Jackson seeks punitive damages.

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