Lawsuit filed against Gatti’s wife

A lawyer representing the young daughter of dead boxer Arturo Gatti has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit in New Jersey on her behalf against his wife.

Attorney Anthony Pope says he filed the lawsuit Sept. 9 in Middlesex County against Amanda Rodrigues Gatti, who isn’t the child’s mother. She was married to Gatti when he died during a trip to her native Brazil in 2009.

The suit was filed on behalf of 5-year-old Sofia Bella Gatti. It seeks damages and restraints on the couple’s New Jersey assets.

Amanda Gatti initially was detained as a suspect in her husband’s death until Brazilian authorities deemed it a suicide. Forensics experts in the U.S. re-examined the case and claim it was a homicide.

A message left Tuesday for an attorney representing Amanda Gatti in a Canadian case against her hasn’t been returned.