Jury Clears Broncos’ Braxton
DENVER (AP) _ Denver Broncos safety Tyrone Braxton was cleared of accusations he exposed himself in a crowded nightclub, and awarded $8 damages from the women who made the accusations.
A Denver jury on Friday found the four women who brought a lawsuit against Braxton guilty of outrageous conduct and awarded him $2 damages from each woman.
``It feels great,″ Braxton said. ``These allegations were horrible. It feels great to be completely vindicated.″
Anne Sulton, an attorney for the four women who brought the lawsuit, declined to comment. The women _ Reyniko Abram, Shellyann Allen, Aretha Moore and Turkesha Tillis _ left the courtroom without commenting.
The women had sued Braxton, claiming they were ``assaulted″ by Braxton when he supposedly exposed himself at a Denver bar on Jan. 27, 1998, during a celebration of the Broncos’ first Super Bowl victory.
He countersued, saying the story was a total fabrication and he told the jury he only wanted vindication, not money.
The jury concluded the women’s actions, including filing a complaint with Denver police, filing a lawsuit against the Super Bowl starter and writing to Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, were ``extreme and outrageous.″
``The plaintiffs fabricated the claims, set Braxton up and shook him down,″ said Braxton’s attorney, Jeff Springer. ``All we wanted was a symbolic verdict.″
Springer said the verdict sent a message that high-profile personalities must stand up to ``nuisance suits″ and not pay money to make them go away.
Braxton said he now will be able to enjoy the team’s second consecutive Super Bowl victory, a 34-19 win over Atlanta.
``I’m going to stay in town and hang out with my wife and T.J. _ Tyrone Jr. _ who was born two weeks ago today,″ Braxton said Friday after the decision. ``I just wanted vindication.″
The jury awarded Braxton $1 apiece in actual damages and $1 in punitive damages from each of the four plaintiffs.
The plaintiff’s case was dealt a blow earlier when Abram’s cousin, Leonard Brice, admitted he lied to Sulton about having witnessed the incident in order to help her. Brice testified he was not even in the club that night.