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Redskin tight end Fred Davis must pay nearly $20,000 to woman he poured drink on

A D.C. Superior Court judge Tuesday found that Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis committed assault and battery when he poured a drink on a woman and hit her with a pitcher at a District nightclub in 2011, and Davis was ordered to pay almost $20,000 in damages, bringing to a close a two-year civil suit.

Baltimore resident Makina R. Chaka had filed a $350,000 lawsuit against Davis. In the suit, Chaka alleged that in the early morning of Jan 6, 2011, Davis dumped juice on her at a Northwest Washington nightclub and threw an empty pitcher that struck her in the face.

In her ruling, Judge Laura A. Cordero ordered Davis to pay Chaka $9,000 in lost earnings, $10,000 for pain and suffering, $575 for damages to her suede boots, dress and “hair weave” and $186 for medical expenses.

Chaka testified that the altercation began after Davis grabbed her hand in the crowded nightclub. In response, she said, she threw a drink in Davis’s face. Davis then poured a drink on her and hit her with the pitcher, she said.

Chaka also testified that she suffered a cut and bruised lip and that she was scared of Davis. She said that after the incident, she was unable to work for several weeks and lost income.

The judge also ordered Davis to stay away from Chaka for a year.

Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.


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