Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy no longer has domestic violence charges against him.
The charges against Hardy were dismissed Monday after his accuser didn't make herself available to help with the case, ESPN is reporting. The district attorney's office also told ESPN that the NFL star reached a civil settlement with ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder and she "intentionally made herself unavailable to the State," thus the charges were dismissed.
"To prosecute domestic violence cases, we encourage domestic violence victims to not only report domestic violence but to participate in every level of the prosecution," Charlotte District Attorney Andrew Murray told ESPN. "We need that participation in order to gain justice for not only victims of domestic violence, but for this community."
Shortly after Ray Rice's domestic violence incident created national headlines, Hardy's own domestic violence incident surfaced. The Panthers deactivated him before the NFL placed him on its commissioner's exempt list.
"His status remains unchanged until we fully review the matter," the NFL said Monday to ESPN.
Despite only playing one game last season, Hardy collected the $13.1 million owed to him. Hardy is set to become a free agent this March and the Panthers are not expected to re-sign him.
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