The Miami Herald is reporting that a woman has filed a civil lawsuit in Hollywood, Fla. against NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin accusing him of raping her during the late hours of July 4 or early July 5, 2007.
Irvin’s lawyer, Larry Friedman, called the accusations “totally untrue.” When asked to describe her contact with Irvin, Friedman said, “Beyond, perhaps, meeting her, there was nothing.”
In the suit, filed Thursday in Broward Circuit Court, the woman said Irvin bought her alcohol to get her drunk, then, lured her to his room at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. That’s where he and another man tried stuffing money into her clothes, the suit said.
She said she declined their repeated demands for sexual favors, which eventually caused the unidentified man to hold her down and cover her mouth, according to the suit. Irvin then raped her, she said. When he was done, the other man forced her to perform oral sex.
Afterward, Irvin’s brother, Derrick Irvin, came in and took her to another room and “assisted in covering the sexual assault and rape up,” according to the civil lawsuit.
It was reported to Seminole police on July 20, 2007, Seminole Tribe spokesman Gary Bitner said. “They investigated it thoroughly,” Bitner said. “Although by that time there was no longer any forensic evidence or surveillance video.”
A day later, the woman signed a waiver of prosecution, which Bitner attributed to “her desire to essentially put it behind her and not have it be splashed all over the newspapers.”
Bitner said the tribe turned over its findings to Broward prosecutors. Although no criminal charges have been filed, the Broward State Attorney’s Office has been looking into the case and is expected to reach a conclusion next week, said spokesman Ron Ishoy.
The suit doesn’t name the woman, referring to her as Jane Doe. Her lawyer, Lister, said his client had passed a polygraph test. Lister also said his client and Irvin’s counsel had been in negotiations for a financial settlement, but those talks stalled, prompting the lawsuit filed three days before the Super Bowl is being played in Miami.
“There were discussion back and forth between the parties,” Lister said, adding that Irvin’s reps had asked for a settlement figure. “Nothing came of it.”
Friedman, Irvin’s attorney, called the discussions attempts at extortion. He said the woman came forward last year, after Irvin appeared on a few episodes of the television show “Dancing With the Stars.” (See clip below.) First, she wanted $1 million, Friedman said, then, came down to $800,000. Each time, Friedman said no.
“This complaint is tantamount to criminal extortion,” Friedman said. “There is no merit to the complaint.”