Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth pleaded not guilty to a charge of misdemeanor sexual abuse Tuesday morning.
The plea, entered by his attorney A. Scott Bolden in D.C. Superior Court, was expected. Prosecutors had offered to dismiss the sexual abuse charge if Haynesworth would plead guilty to simple assault, but Bolden rejected the deal, saying his client was innocent.
Haynesworth did not appear in court Tuesday. In a press conference after the court hearing before Judge Stephen G. Milliken, Bolden said his client was out of town.
A trial was set for July 11.
Bolden said he requested an early July trial date so Haynesworth would be available for training camp in August — “if there is a season,” he said, “and I hope there is one.”
The defensive tackle was indicted by a D.C. grand jury in April in connection with an alleged Feb. 12 assault on a cocktail waitress at the W Hotel’s P.O.V. Roof Terrace and Lounge.
Bolden said his accuser made up the alleged assault. “It’s about money,” said Bolden, who said he plans to call as many as five witnesses and analyze bank accouts. He did not provide further detail.
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