For the past 18 months, Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis has been quietly engaged in a legal soap opera with a woman he knows from the nightclub scene, according to court documents and courtroom testimony.
On January 10, 2011, Makini R. Chaka, 33, filed a civil complaint against Davis after he allegedly dumped juice on her head and busted her lip at a Washington, DC, nightclub. In court documents and testimony, Chaka accused Davis of assaulting, harassing, and threatening to kill her.
“I am 5’4 inches tall and 110 pounds and am afraid that I will be attacked again by this man whom is 6’4 and 260 pounds,” Chaka said in court documents.
A DC Superior Court judge granted Chaka a temporary restraining order on January 26, 2011, barring Davis from coming within 100 feet of her. Chaka is suing for a permanent stay-away order. She is also seeking “damages and injunctive relief as a result of [Davis’s] malicious, willful and intentional assault, injurious falsehood and civil conspiracy.”
Davis has denied Chaka’s claims. But while most celebrity athletes in his position would retain a high-priced lawyer, Davis has served as his own defense counsel during the case—even arguing on his own behalf at an April 10 hearing in DC Superior Court.
“It’s just all made up and flagellant,” Davis told the judge during his closing argument. (Davis has no formal legal training, according to Jean Kuei, Davis’s former attorney.)
Davis alleged in court documents that Chaka is using the nightclub incident to extort money from him.
“The civil suit is completely without merit as evidenced by the court documents, police report and witness statements filed in this matter regarding the incident in question, Ms. Chaka’s background, and her continued campaign against me for financial gain,” Davis said in a statement issued through Kuei. “I am confident that the truth will prevail.”
The Chaka case is scheduled to go to trial on March 11, 2013.