Floyd Mayweather Jr jailed

2010-09-11 08:30

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr was jailed briefly on a felony charge after his ex-girlfriend alleged he beat her and stole her cellphone during an argument in front of their three children.

Mayweather (33) said nothing as he was released from the Clark County jail on $3 000 (about R22 000) bail yesterday after being booked on a grand larceny charge.

He could face up to five years in state prison if he is convicted of taking items valued at less than $2 500.
He is scheduled for an initial appearance on November 9 in Las Vegas Justice Court.

Mayweather’s lawyer, Richard Wright, denied Mayweather was guilty of the criminal charges based on allegations by Josie Harris.

“He did not commit any grand larceny,” Wright said. “Josie can’t find her iPhone. We’re attempting to find it or replace it.

We’ll co-operate in the investigation.

We expect to get the matter resolved.” An iPhone typically costs less than $500.

In a request for a Clark Court Family Court protection order, Harris said Mayweather threatened to kill her in a confrontation about 5am on Thursday at a home she says is listed in his name in southwest Las Vegas.

She said he was angry about her a relationship with another man.

The document says Harris and Mayweather lived together for seven years and separated in May after 15 “on and off” years.

It says Harris sought another protection order five years ago and alleges that Mayweather battered another former girlfriend.

The document does not mention an iPhone.

Harris also filed a police complaint Thursday. It has not been made public.

The nine-page request for a protection order alleges Mayweather pulled Harris’s hair, punched her in the head and twisted her arm while she screamed for their children, ranging in age from 7 to almost 11, to call 911.

“He yelled and screamed that he was going to kill me and my boyfriend,” Harris wrote.

“Floyd has threatened to have other people do harm to me as well and if there is a way I can be protected from that please help me.”

Police said on Thursday that Harris was treated at a Las Vegas hospital for minor injuries.

Mayweather is considered one of the sport’s top performers, with a record of 41-0 and 25 knockouts.

He goes by the nickname “Money” and earned more than $20 million in May from his fight in Las Vegas against “Sugar” Shane Mosley.

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