Shantel Jackson, whose engagement to Floyd Mayweather Jr. ended earlier this year, announced Thursday that she was filing a civil lawsuit against the boxer. Jackson, seated alongside Gloria Allred in the high-profile attorney’s office, said she had suffered physical and emotional abuse at the hands of Mayweather.
Jackson told the press that she had been with Mayweather for seven years but ultimately decided that he was never going to stop abusing her, and she broke off their relationship. In May, Mayweather received a flurry of criticism for posting a photo on social media of a sonogram that he claimed showed Jackson’s pregnancy, and for adding comments that the real reason they broke up was because she had gotten an abortion.
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From the Associated Press:
Allred did not specify damages in the suit against Mayweather, the unbeaten boxer who Forbes said was the highest paid athlete in the world in the last year, with earnings of $105 million. She declined to say whether Jackson actually got an abortion when pregnant with twins by Mayweather, but said Jackson told Mayweather in January that the pregnancy was terminated.
In 2012, Mayweather served two months in jail after pleading guilty to felony battery and two counts of harassment. That was related to an incident of domestic violence against an ex-girlfriend, Josie Harris, as well as verbal threats against two children Mayweather had fathered with Harris.
Jackson is reportedly set to star in a reality television show alongside her current boyfriend, the rapper Nelly.