Report: Saints LB Galette hit with lawsuit claiming physical, emotional abuse
A woman filed a lawsuit against New Orleans Saints player Junior Galette on Thursday, accusing the linebacker of allegedy abusing her physically and emotionally during their two-year relationship, NOLA.com reported.
Also mentioned in the suit, which was filed in Judicial District court in Gretna, Louisiana: The woman’s claim that Galette and several teammates groped her while she was drugged. The other Saints players are not named in the suit.
According to NOLA.com:
She has requested a jury trial and is seeking unspecified monetary damages, according to the report.
Galette’s attorney Ralph Whalen called this action "a shakedown":
"The person who has falsely accused Junior has retained a lawyer and requested in writing an outrageous $2 million shakedown, or they threatened to file this lawsuit that is filled with lies," Whalen told NOLA.com.
"We unequivocally rejected their offer, because we are confident an investigation and a full hearing of the facts will reveal that Junior Galette behaved appropriately and will be cleared."
Galette was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery in January after a 22-year-old woman called police claiming domestic abuse. He had said he did not live with the woman, whom he described as a dancer.
The Saints have no comment on the lawsuit, a team spokesman told NOLA.com.