A Brooklyn woman claims that Kyle O'Quinn choked her in a May 2016 incident, but the New York Knicks forward is calling flagrant foul on his accuser and has fired back with a countersuit.
In her original lawsuit filed last year, Shakaira Elaine Elie sued O'Quinn, accusing him of choking her during an incident at the Trinity Place Bar & Restaurant in New York City. But in his countersuit, O'Quinn, 27, claims to be the real victim.
O'Quinn contends that Elie, 23, targeted him because he's an NBA player and adds that she approached him, his girlfriend and their friends and grabbed his private parts, as reported by the New York Post, which obtained his countersuit.
"Simultaneously [Elie] asked a female friend of O'Quinn's, who was in close proximity, whether she was his girlfriend,' O'Quinn further alleges in court documents.
His countersuit adds that although his group chose to ignore her and walk away, that Elie "became angered by this statement and began causing a scene, insulting O'Quinn's female friend and spitting in the face of another friend of O'Quinn's."
The Knicks player also says that Elie "launched herself at O'Quinn's female friend, knocked her to the ground and struck her repeatedly in the face and upper body."
O'Quinn contends that he removed the woman from his friend by using "minimal force," but never choked her.
That's a far cry from what Elie alleged in her lawsuit, though.
Elie claims that she didn't know that O'Quinn was an NBA player at the time, but that he was staring at her at the bar. Elie adds that the attention that O'Quinn gave her irked his girlfriend, who allegedly "attacked her" in a jealous rage, prompting the Knicks forward to grab Elie by the neck.
Whichever side is telling the truth, one thing is for certain — the judge presiding over the case is thoroughly annoyed, as evidenced by her canceling oral arguments in court yesterday.
“I’ll just decide," Judge Debra Silver said, as reported by the Post, "And you’re not going to yell at each other in my courtroom.”
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(Photo from left: Shakaira Elaine Elie via Facebook, Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)