Woman seeks $70 million from Suggs, custody of their two children

December 10, 2009|By Justin Fenton | justin.fenton@baltsun.com

A woman who says she is the mother of Terrell Suggs' children has filed a $70 million lawsuit in Baltimore County Circuit Court, alleging that the Ravens linebacker abused her on two occasions last month.

Candace Williams, 26, filed the suit Tuesday along with a separate complaint seeking custody of their two infant children, and the cases come on the heels of a restraining order she filed last week against Suggs, claiming that he knocked her to the ground and spilled bleach on her and her son.

A hearing in that case is scheduled for Friday.

Williams alleges that on Nov. 3, Suggs, 27, struck her in the face -- breaking her nose -- and threatened to kill her. She also claims that on Nov. 29, the alleged incident for which she sought a restraining order, Suggs threatened to drown her with bleach "and did in fact pour chemical bleach on [her] entire body as she was forced to stay on the ground."

Documents for the protective order, which provide more detail about the alleged altercation, show that the argument was over game tickets, and a judge who granted the temporary restraining order said there were visible lacerations on Williams' chest. According to records, Williams filed for the protective order at the North Avenue District Court on their son's first birthday.

She is seeking $20 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages. Reached by phone Thursday, her attorney, Eric Gordon, declined to comment.

Suggs wouldn't comment specificially on the suit when asked about it at the Ravens training facility in Owings Mills today, where he practiced for the second straight day after suffering a knee injury in the Nov. 16 Browns game.

"I can't talk about all that right now," Suggs said. "You know I've always been fair. When I can address it, I will. I really have nothing to hide. As bad as I want to talk about it right now, I can't. When I'm able to do it, you guys can ask a million and one questions about it, and I would be glad to answer them for you. Right now, to be safe, I really can't answer any questions about it right now."

Suggs wouldn't say whether he would attend tomorrow's hearing -- "I can't speak about it right now" -- but said he didn't think this would be a distraction for the team.

In her custody complaint, Williams says that she and Suggs are "unable to effectively communicate as to the major issues regarding the minor children" due to Suggs' "irrational and violent tendencies." She says Suggs earns more than $20 million a year and should be required to pay child support.

Suggs has not been charged with a crime in connection with any of Williams' allegations, and police said they have no record of any emergency calls from their Windsor Mill home. His agent has not returned phone calls seeking comment.

Suggs has missed the past three games with a sprained ligament in his left knee, but he could be available for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that he had talked "thoroughly" with Suggs about the legal issues and worked out how the proceedings could affect his obligations to the team.

"The rest of it, he's going to deal with that from a personal perspective," Harbaugh said.

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