Lawsuit: NBA players teamed up in couple's nightclub assault

  • Lawsuit: NBA players teamed up in couple's nightclub assault

Lawsuit: NBA players teamed up in couple's nightclub assault

Early Monday morning, National Basketball Association players Matt Barnes and DeMarcus Cousins took part in a nightclub fight.

According to a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of NY on Wednesday, Jasmine Besiso and Myrone Powell were at Avenue Nightclub when the alleged incident with Cousins and Barnes occurred in the nightclub's VIP area.

Paramedics took Besiso and Powell to Lenox Hill Hospital, where they were treated for their injuries. The couple filed a civil lawsuit in NY on Thursday against both players. When Powell tried to intervene, the 6-feet-11, 300-pound Cousins punched him, Lamonsoff said.

Sacramento Kings player Matt Barnes is now being accused of choking two women at a nightclub in Chelsea on Monday.

Attorney Alex Spiro, representing both players, said, "We don't believe a crime was committed, and we're continuing to co-operate with the authorities". Police said earlier in the week they were looking to speak with Barnes, who had left the nightclub with Cousins before police arrived. "And what actually happened!"

Barnes then elbowed Beliso, 26, in the face "knocking her unconscious", before jumping in to help Cousins and others beat up Powell, the lawsuit alleges.

Whew. This brings us to the point where you should be careful what you believe from either side. "In footage shot moments after the fight, Cousins references Barnes getting choked", reported TMZ.

Besiso said she was "outraged and disgusted by what's happened to me". The incident occurred at Avenue Nightclub hours after the Kings lost 106-98 versus the New York Knicks.

Powell, one eye swollen and bruised, said he was "appalled" that video of the players leaving the club showed them "boasting and gloating" about the encounter.

Their lawyer Michael S. Lamonsoff added during a press conference that the couple will rely on videotapes, medical reports and the testimony of witnesses to confirm their side of the story, Associated Press reports.

The lawsuit was filed 'to hold Barnes and Cousins accountable for their deplorable and cowardly actions, ' according to Lamonsoff.