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Woman sues boxer Adrien Broner over assault claim in bar

Posted at 10:09 PM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 22:09:42-04

CLEVELAND — An Ohio woman has sued former world champion boxer Adrien Broner, saying he sexually assaulted her at a Cleveland nightclub in June 2018.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cleveland by a 35-year-old woman says Broner 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 sexual imposition, assault and unlawful restraint charges. He received probation in April after pleading guilty to assault and unlawful restraint.

Attorney Ian Friedman represented Broner in the criminal case and says the lawsuit’s claims are baseless. Friedman says Broner is being targeted for an “easy payday.”

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

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