$70 Million Suit Filed Against Suggs

Woman Says Ravens Player Abused Her On Two Occasions Last Month

December 11, 2009|By Justin Fenton | 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 small children. 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 their infant son. A hearing in that case is scheduled today.

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, 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." It was for that alleged incident that she sought a restraining order.

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 the couple's Windsor Mills home.

Addressing reporters Thursday, Suggs said he could not comment on the situation.

"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."

Documents for the protective order, which provide more detail about the alleged altercation, show that the argument was over game-day tickets, and a judge who granted the temporary restraining order said there were visible cuts 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.

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

Suggs wouldn't say whether he would attend today's hearing related to the restraining order but said he didn't think this would be a distraction for the team.

"I think we'll be all right," Suggs said. "It's one of those things you have to deal with. I'm still coming to work. I'm still getting ready for Sunday."

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.

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