Dwight Howard is asking the courts to dismiss a civil lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault and battery against a male he admittedly hooked up with.
Howard, 37, confessed Oct. 23, in response to the lawsuit Harper filed in July accusing the former Los Angeles Lakers player of sexually assaulting him at his Georgia home two years prior. Harper claims to have met up with him after they spent a few months corresponding through Instagram direct messages.
However, Harper claims Howard surprised him when another man came out dressed as a woman who went by the name Kitty. Harper accuses Howard of trying to force a threesome; Harper declined. Howard reportedly proceeded to stroke Harper’s “penis through his underwear,” and after Harper told him to stop, Howard allegedly told him he was “going to do whatever” and he was “going to like it.”
“Defendant stood up (towering over Mr. Harper), grabbed Mr. Harper by the thighs, forcibly removed Mr. Harper’s underwear, held Mr. Harper down, and performed nonconsensual oral sex on Mr. Harper,” the suit states.
“Mr. Harper was in fear of imminent bodily harm when he was pinned down and forced to remain in place while Defendant continued to sexually assault him.”
Howard is denying Harper’s claims of alleged sexual assault and claims the lawsuit was only filed after Howard blocked him on social media and rejected his demands for money.
“This report was made following Mr. Harper being blocked on social media and after the first demand for payment was rejected,” Howard’s attorney, Justin Bailey said.
The eight-time All-Star and a three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year spent the early part of the year playing basketball in Taiwan.
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Source: Black Enterprise