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Mayweather Acquitted of Domestic Violence

July 30, 2005

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ World champion boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. was acquitted Friday of hitting and kicking his former girlfriend during a 2003 argument outside a Las Vegas nightclub.

Mayweather showed no reaction as the verdict was read in Clark County District Court.

Mayweather, who holds the WBC 140-pound title, was charged with one count of battery constituting domestic violence and would have faced a minimum of one year in prison if convicted.

The case stemmed from an altercation between Mayweather and Josie Harris, the mother of three of his children. The two were sitting in Mayweather’s black Bentley outside the SRO Club when Harris said in a police report the boxer kicked her, punched her and pulled her hair.

But Harris, 25, testified Thursday that she lied on the police report because she was angry Mayweather, 28, had left her for another woman. She described Mayweather as a ``teddy bear inside″ and said she knew ``that no matter what I did, he would never put his hands on me.″

During the trial, Mayweather’s lawyer, Richard Wright, acknowledged Mayweather pulled Harris from the car after she kicked in the front windshield. But Mayweather never hit Harris, Wright said.

Deputy District Attorney Alexandra Chrysanthis had urged jurors to rely on what Harris said the night of the altercation ``before anyone ... had a chance to change their mind.″

The battery case was not the first for Mayweather.

In February, Mayweather was fined and ordered to perform community service after pleading no contest in Grand Rapids, Mich., to a charge of misdemeanor assault and battery for a bar fight.

Mayweather, who grew up in Grand Rapids, lives and trains in Las Vegas.

Last year, Mayweather was convicted of misdemeanor battery stemming from a fight with two women at a Las Vegas nightclub. He received a suspended one-year jail sentence and was ordered to undergo ``impulse-control″ counseling.

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