CLEVELAND — Former world champion boxer Adrien Broner has been ordered to pay more than $800,000 to the victim of an assault that occurred in June 2018 at The Park Social Lounge in Cleveland.
Common Pleas Court Judge Nancy Margaret Russo handed down the civil judgment Tuesday. Russo awarded the victim $661 in economic damages; $250,000 in non-economic, emotional damages; $500,000 in punitive damages, $31,955 in attorneys’ fees; and $1,136.74 in costs.
The court also awarded prejudgment and post-judgment interest, meaning that as of Tuesday, Broner would owe approximately an additional $46,000, bringing the total to almost $830,000.
The lawsuit, filed in June 2019 by a 35-year-old woman who Broner had never met, says he pinned her on a couch and began kissing her against her will. She says she tried unsuccessfully to push him away and that someone pulled him off when a camera flashed.
She went to police and Broner, a 29-year-old Cincinnati resident, was indicted on gross sexual imposition, assault and unlawful restraint charges. He was sentenced to probation in April after pleading guilty to assault and unlawful restraint.
Despite being notified, Broner did not appear at the hearing to contest the damages.