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Lawyer: Chris Rainey's girlfriend says no assault took place

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 09:17 AM
GAINESVILLE -

Chris Rainey's girlfriend said she was not assaulted, and that battery charges should be dropped against the former Florida Gators athlete, who was cut Thursday by the Pittsburgh Steelers after his arrest.

That's according to Rainey's lawyer, Huntley Johnson, who read an email from the woman during a bail hearing Friday. The Gainesville Sun posted video of the hearing on its website.

Gainesville police charged Rainey with simple battery Thursday after police said he was involved in an altercation with his girlfriend.

Police said the two were arguing over Rainey's cellphone, and that when his girlfriend got into a vehicle, the Lakeland native tried to pull out the phone. Witnesses told detectives that Rainey slapped his girlfriend across the face and then chased her when she ran away with his phone in her purse.

The girlfriend's email said the witnesses were mistaken, and Johnson pointed out that officers found no marks on the woman's face.

Rainey was released from the Alachua County Jail after the hearing but ordered not to have any contact with his girlfriend.

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