Floyd Mayweather Jr. is being sued by his former fiancée for assault and battery, civil harassment, defamation and false imprisonment. Shantel Jackson often appeared with Mayweather at events, but is now claiming she suffered much abuse during the time they were together. Jackson is pulling no punches and has hired high-profile attorney Gloria Allred who has a reputation for getting the job done.
Mayweather and Jackson separated earlier this year after seven years as a couple. In May 2014, the boxer said he broke up with Jackson because of a twin pregnancy she allegedly aborted. He blasted his former fiancée on social media and posted a sonogram he claimed were his aborted babies. Jackson however has another story; she announced during a press conference on Thursday she left Mayweather because of abuse.
It is with a heavy heart that I finally realized that the only way to set the record straight, and to achieve justice for what he has done to me, is through the filing of this lawsuit.
According to Jackson, she left Mayweather to return to Los Angeles in 2013. The departure was brief because she gave into the boxer’s pleas for her to return to his Las Vegas home. Miss Jackson, as she is commonly known, reported in the lawsuit that soon after her return to her fiancée’s home he assaulted her again, threatened to shoot her in the foot, took her jewelry at gunpoint and forbade her from leaving the home they shared together unless she was accompanied by one of his employees.
Jackson also accused her former lover of threatening to release nude photos of her and releasing personal medical records without her permission on social media. She said as recently as last February the famed fighter retained and prohibited her from leaving his condo. Miss Jackson is seeking unspecified damages based on those claims, along with invasion of privacy and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
This is nothing new for the 37-year-old fighter. He has been down this road before with the mother of his two children. Mayweather was jailed two years ago after he confessed to two counts of harassment and felony battery involving his children’s mother, Josie Harris. The boxer was also accused of making verbal threats against the children.
For his actions the boxer was sentenced to six months, but half of his jail term was suspended. In addition, Mayweather was allowed to postpone his sentencing so he could fight against Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. His sentence was scheduled to begin in January but was delayed until May; after he prevailed in the ring against his opponent Cotto.
The delay, which was opposed by prosecutors, was allowed in order to benefit business and hotels in the Las Vegas area. Fights of this magnitude can generate anywhere from $10 to $15 million in funds, apart from gambling. At the agreed time Mayweather turned himself in and was jailed in the Clark County Detention Center. As a protective custody inmate, the prized fighter was reportedly kept in his cell while other inmates were on free-time, and allowed out for an hour a day while other inmates were locked down.
As Floyd Mayweather Jr. gears up for another boxing match, he will do so for the second time this year with his ex-lover heavy on his mind. Jackson told the press that she had been with Mayweather for seven years but ultimately decided that he was never going to stop abusing her and ended relationship. Shantel Jackson hired high-profile attorney Gloria Allred and is seeking unspecified damages.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)