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Judge orders Adrien Broner to pay woman $830K in sexual assault case

Broner reportedly failed to defend himself in the lawsuit, resulting in a default judgement.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

More bad news for Adrien Broner. ESPN reports that an Ohio judge has just ordered the oft-troubled boxer to pay a woman $830,000 as the result of a civil lawsuit she filed against him alleging sexual assault. Broner apparently failed to even bother defending himself in the lawsuit, which wound up as a default judgement in the woman’s favor.

The judgement stems from a June 2018 incident where Broner was said to have pinned the woman down on a couch in a Cleveland nightclub, forcibly kissing her as she tried to break free. The lawsuit also alleged that Broner only stopped when one of his friends pulled him off the woman once another person was spotted taking a photo of the occurrence.

Broner’s criminal case ended when he plead guilty to misdemeanor charges of assault and unlawful restraint, resulting in two years probation as well as some fines. His civil case here, however, looks like it could end up being much more costly. Once Broner’s attorneys received approval from the judge to be withdrawn from the civil case, Broner went to fend for himself, appearing at a default hearing but never appearing for a deposition or responding to requests for discovery.

Ultimately that led to this default judgement against Broner, with his accuser saying that she hopes the boxer learns his lesson, that “he can’t put his hands on strangers.” But whether or not that woman actually collects from Broner is entirely another issue, one that remains to be seen.

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