Fresh from an estimated $180 million payday, Floyd Mayweather is already lawyering up to defend his winnings. Josie Harris, the mother of three of Mayweather’s children, is suing him for damages in excess of $20 million. According to TMZ Sports’ report, Harris feels humiliated after Mayweather spoke on the domestic violence case he had with her in 2010. Mayweather, who plead guilty and served jailtime in 2011 for the incident, denied ever hurting her in an April 2015 interview with Katie Couric. He painted himself as a white knight protecting his family against a druggie—not a man who viciously assaulted another woman in a jealous rage.
“Did I kick, stomp and beat someone? No, that didn’t happen,” said Mayweather. “I look in your face and say, ‘No, that didn’t happen.’ Did I restrain a woman that was on drugs? Yes, I did. So if they say that’s domestic violence, then, you know what? I’m guilty. I’m guilty of restraining someone.’ ”
In the lawsuit, Harris recounts her version of that night’s events, claiming that Mayweather broke into her home and attacked her in front of their son while she was asleep. Again, this is something that Mayweather’s already plead guilty for, but in the face of public attacks and some revisionist history on his part, Harris still has to convince the world of the abuse she suffered.
Ultimately, Mayweather’s lies are the crux of the defamation suit. Harris’ lawyer writes that the claims from the Couric interview “were knowingly fabricated in order to hype Mayweather’s upcoming fight with Pacquiao, to avoid bad press by deflecting responsibility for beating the mother of his children.”