Women Sue Ravens LB Ray Lewis
BALTIMORE (AP) _ Two women are suing Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis for $6 million, claiming he struck them during a brawl in a crowded bar last year.
The women, Catrice Parker and Ericka Ury, accused Lewis of assault and battery and inflicting emotional distress and are seeking $2 million on each count.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Baltimore County Circuit Court, according to Dwight Pettit, the women’s attorney.
Lewis’ associate, Eric Carter, also was named in the lawsuit. The owners of the Windsor Inn Crab House were accused of negligence.
Ron Cherry, Lewis’ attorney, said Thursday, ``This case is completely without merit.″
According to the lawsuit, Parker and Ury were at the crowded Windsor Inn near Pikesville watching Monday Night Football in the early morning hours of Nov. 30, 1999.
During a commotion, the lawsuit claims Lewis punched Parker in the face, knocking her against the bar, and grabbed Ury by the hair and threw her to the floor. Lewis then allegedly kicked the women and left the bar in a waiting limousine while yelling profanities and waving a bottle of champagne.
Parker filed a criminal complaint against Lewis after the alleged assault. Baltimore County prosecutors elected not to prosecute the case in March, saying there was too much disagreement among witnesses.
A Ravens spokesman said Thursday the team was unaware of the lawsuit and declined to comment.
Earlier this year, Lewis was charged with murder for the death of two men outside an Atlanta nightclub following a Super Bowl party in January. The case was settled when Lewis pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice.