The son of Floyd Mayweather Jr. told police he saw the boxing champion beat his mother last week as the two argued over her new boyfriend, FOX5 reported Monday.
A Las Vegas Police arrest report on the incident says Mayweather fought with 30-year-old Josie Harris after she returned from a Thursday night out and he began questioning her about a new relationship.
“Are you having sex with CJ?” she quoted him in the report, reportedly a reference to Chicago Bulls guard CJ Watson.
After telling him "yes," Harris said Mayweather grabbed her by her hair and repeatedly punched her in the back of her head.
The report says Mayweather threatened Harris, saying, “I’m going to kill you and the man you are messing around with.”
The couple’s 10-year-old son told police he saw his dad "on his mother and was hitting and kicking her," according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Police say Mayweather threatened to beat the children if they left the house or called police. Harris was later treated at Southern Hills Hospital for what police said were injuries to her face and arm.
Mayweather, who owns the Las Vegas house where Harris stays with their three children, was charged with grand larceny because he is suspected of taking Harris’ iPhone following the argument. Detectives also recommended the Clark County District Attorney’s Office file a charge of battery domestic violence. A decision on the charge has not been made.
Mayweather surrendered to authorities Friday and was released a short time later on $3,000 bail pending a Nov. 9 appearance in Las Vegas Justice Court.
Mayweather is one of the sport’s most recognizable figures, with a record of 41-0 and 25 knockouts. He goes by the nickname ”Money” and earned more than $20 million in May from his fight in Las Vegas against ”Sugar” Shane Mosley. Last week the 33-year-old made headlines for a racially-charged video that criticized rival Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather later apologized.
Mayweather’s lawyer, Richard Wright, was out of town Monday and unavailable for comment. On Friday, Wright acknowledged the criminal charge stemming from an allegation that Harris’ iPhone was missing. He denied wrongdoing on Mayweather’s behalf.
The value of the phone was put at about $322, meaning that Mayweather could face up to five years in state prison if he is convicted of taking items valued at less than $2,500.
Mayweather and Harris had three children together during what Harris characterized for authorities as a 15-year ”on and off” relationship. She said they lived together for seven years before separating in May.
Police said Mayweather wanted to evict Harris from the house.