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Woman Says Santonio Holmes Assaulted Her

ORLANDO (CN) - Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes threw a glass of booze in a woman's face - including the glass - cutting her near the eye, after which the nightclub kicked her out and Orlando Police refused to write a police report, the woman says. She says Holmes was drunk and attacked her because he wanted her place on a couch.

Anshonoe Mills sued Holmes and the J.J. Whispers Group in Orange County Court. She say Holmes attacked her on March 7 at the Rain Night Club in Orlando.

After club security took her outside, bleeding from the face, she says she "asked a police officer to reprimand the defendant for his actions."

The complaint continues: "When confronted with the possibility of incarceration, defendant asked to speak with the plaintiff. He proceeded to inform the plaintiff that he was an NFL football player and that he could not face criminal charges. Subsequently, defendant offered to give the plaintiff money because he was an NFL star and could not get into trouble. Plaintiff felt pressure from the defendant and the Orlando Police Department not to press charges. Plaintiff, feeling pressured, made a short victim statement incoherently stating that she was hit in the face and bleeding near her eyes, however, intended not to press charges. The Orlando Police Department failed to write a police report."

She seeks damages for assault and battery and emotional distress. She is represented by Jacques Cooper.

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