RICHMOND – The civil lawsuit that a woman leveled against linebacker Junior Galette, accusing him of physical and mental abuse, has been dismissed, according to the Times-Picayune.

The suit was dismissed because the woman failed to hire a new lawyer, or appear in court, according to an ESPN report.

Following the dismissal of the suit, Galette’s attorney, Ralph Whalen released a statement that reads, “From day one, we have been confident this suit would be swiftly dismissed. The suit came only after we rejected her former lawyer’s offer to pay her millions of dollars in exchange for not filing this baseless suit. We are delighted that the frivolous civil suit and meritless criminal case have been swiftly dismissed. Now, Junior can hopefully focus on football and put this incident, where he did nothing wrong, behind him.”

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The accuser was the same woman that was involved in the altercation that resulted in Galette’s arrest for domestic abuse in January. Galette allegedly injured the woman while trying to remove her from his house. The charges were later dropped. But the woman then filed a civil suit against Galette.

Her attorney offered a settlement of $2 million, but Whalen rejected that offer.

The woman’s attorney stepped down from the case in March because she was “uncooperative and inaccessible,” the Times-Picayune reported.

Galette signed with the Redskins on July 31, four days after the New Orleans Saints released him. Galette, who still is working to regain full strength in a previously injured pectoral muscle, has yet to receive clearance to practice, but eventually, he is expected to start at right outside linebacker for Washington.

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Following Monday’s practice, Galette expressed relief that the situation had been resolved.

“God is good. Whatever was tried to be put against my name, it doesn’t matter,” he said. “Truth came out. It’s unfortunate it took this long, but it is what it is, and court system served me justice. It’s the past and I don’t even want to talk about it. I knew it was going to get dropped because I never did anything wrong. I’m just happy and blessed to have my name cleared out.

“It’s just unfortunate that you have to go through all the negative stigma around my name with that whole domestic thing when it was never really that case. But, it is what it is. Everything happens for a reason. I’m here now with a great organization that’s on the rise, ready to just play some good ball.”

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There still is no word on whether Galette will receive any type of punishment from the NFL in regard to the incident.

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This post has been updated since it first published at 2:43 p.m.

What’s ahead:
Monday’s full practice is at 3 p.m., and Tuesday, practice is at 1:35. Then, the Redskins are off until Thursday night’s preseason opener in Cleveland. Thefull training camp schedule is here, and all blog posts from Richmond are here.

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