LOS ANGELES (CN) — Troubles continue for flamed-out NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel, whom an L.A. homeowner accuses of trashing $29,000 worth of property during two days of partying, and running out on an extra $10,000 fee.
Manziel, nicknamed Johnny Football at Texas A&M, where he became the first freshman to win a Heisman Trophy, was released by the Cleveland Browns in March after two unproductive seasons marred by injuries, poor performance and troubles off the field. In May he was booked and released on a domestic assault charge in Dallas, for which he could be sentenced to a year in jail.
On Friday, Nicholas Goodwin sued Manziel for $40,000 in Superior Court, claiming Manziel violated terms of his two-day rental agreement for a house in the Hollywood Hills.
Manziel rented it on April 4-5 for $1,375 a night, and promised not to invite more than 15 people a night, or pay $5,000 a night extra, Goodwin says in the lawsuit.
The house was listed for rent on the Internet Monday morning, for $15,000 a month.
Goodwin claims that Manziel not only had more than 15 people there, but police had to be called for the drug- and alcohol-fueled party on the morning of April 6.
Carpets were trashed to the tune of $16,500, Goodwin says. Damaged walls will cost $3,400 to repair and repaint, plus $7,400 for furniture, $650 for a bathroom door, and then some.
He didn’t clean up the trash, either, and he refused to pay the extra $10,000, Goodwin says.
In addition to breach of contract, trespass to chattels, conversion and negligence, Goodwin seeks punitive damages for fraud: He says Manziel told him he would be “watching movies and going to sleep early” at the house, though he was already planning his large parties.
Goodwin is represented by Nick Ghazian.
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