A confidential Miami personal injury settlement has been reached between Dallas Cowboys football player Michael Irvin and a woman accusing him of sexual battery. The woman sued Irvin in Broward County Circuit Court last year for unspecified damages.
She contends that the Pro Football Hall of Famer assaulted her at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida in 2007. The woman also claims that Irvin was drunk when he took her to a hotel room and raped her and that another man, who was also in the room, forced her to give him oral sex.
Seminole tribal police were notified about the alleged incident, but the woman went on to sign a waiver of prosecution. The case has no physical evidence because, according to the Broward State Attorney’s office, the alleged victim did not report the incident until more than two weeks later. As part of the terms of the Miami sex assault lawsuit, Irvine is dropping his $100 million defamation countersuit against the woman.
Miami Sexual Assault Lawsuits
If you were the victim of sexual assault, molestation, rape, or any other inappropriate sexual contact, you may have grounds for a Miami personal injury lawsuit against your assailant. Your case would be separate from any criminal proceedings and their outcomes are unrelated. This means that even if the person you are accusing of assaulting you isn’t charged with a crime, you may still try to hold him/her liable in civil court.
While some sex assault cases will have physical evidence that can be used against the defendant, this isn’t always the case. This does not mean, however, that you should shy away from suing for Miami personal injury.
Report: Michael Irvin suit settled, ESPN, January 28, 2011
Lawsuit Against Michael Irvin Claims Rape, CBS News, February 5, 2011
Related Web Resource:
Sexual Assault, The National Center for Victims of Crime
Florida Sexual Assault Information, Resources, and Support