Amid multiple claims of sexual misconduct, former NFL pro Antonio Brown is dealing with a separate legal battle, this one related to the alleged destruction of property.
The 31-year-old athlete attended a deposition on Tuesday morning related to accusations that he destroyed a condominium in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, local station WSVN reports.
Brown, who rented space at The Mansions at Acqualina last year, is alleged to have thrown expensive furniture out of a window and onto the pool area below in a fit of anger, according to the outlet. Surveillance footage published online captured the April 24, 2018 incident and shows residents on the deck fleeing the area as random items rain down from the 47-story property.
Following the outburst, George A. Minski, an attorney representing Acqualina 1402 LLC, filed a lawsuit against Brown in August 2018 asking for more than $15,000 to cover the damage, according to another WSVN report.
Brown attended the 9 a.m. meeting Tuesday with his attorney Darren Heitner and his agent Drew Rosenhaus, according to WSVN.
“It’s a landlord-tenant issue, and we’ll deal with it accordingly,” Heitner told the station. “It’s simple and dry like that.”
Minksi has claimed that Brown caused nearly $80,000 worth of damage to the property, which they were unable to rent out during the three months they said it took to renovate the space and repair the damage, according to WSVN.
“You see the furniture landing in the pool, landing in the pool deck, people scrambling,” he said of the surveillance video.
Police were called to the community at the time and found Brown, who had to be held back by a trainer, “extremely agitated,” the attorney claimed in an interview with the outlet.
Brown, who was renting a unit on the 14th floor for $35,000 a month, has denied the claims, and has reportedly alleged that he behaved in the manner that he did because someone had stolen $80,000 from him.
“There hasn’t been a trial at this point in time,” Heitner told WSVN on Tuesday. “There’s an allegation out there. It’s a statutory limit of $15,000 and the plaintiff is claiming in excess of that, and we counter-sued as well.”
Brown’s impending battle with his former landlord isn’t the only lawsuit he’s faced recently. Although no one was injured during the alleged furniture-throwing incident, a young child was near the pool at the time, prompting the child’s guardian to file a lawsuit against Brown that was ultimately settled out of court, according to WSVN.
Brown is also facing multiple sexual misconduct allegations. Britney Taylor, a personal trainer and former gymnast, filed a lawsuit earlier this month accusing Brown of sexually assaulting her multiple times and said that he raped her on one occasion in 2018. Soon after, a second woman, who remained anonymous, claimed that Brown behaved inappropriately when she was hired to paint a mural in his home, appearing in front of her nearly nude and firing her after she failed to respond to what she categorized as a sexual proposition.
Brown has denied all allegations against him, calling Taylor’s claims a “money grab” via his lawyer. He is also alleged to have sent threatening text messages to his second accuser, resulting in even more controversy for Brown.
The wide receiver was made a free agent on Sept. 20 when he was released from the New England Patriots after spending less than two weeks on the team. Following reports that his former teams — the Patriots and the Oakland Raiders — would be withholding the signing bonuses initially promised to him, Brown announced that he would no longer play for the NFL, and ESPN reports that he, with the help of the NFL Players Association, will be filing a grievance against the Patriots.
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