Matt Barnes & DeMarcus Cousins Sued
Matt Barnes and DeMarcus Cousins have officially lawyered up. The NBA ballers have been sued in federal court by two people who alleged they were assaulted by the Sacramento Kings players in a New York nightclub on Monday, December 5th.
A woman named Jasmine Besiso and a man named Myrone Powell were at Avenue Nightclub early Monday morning when the alleged altercation with Cousins and Barnes took place in the club’s VIP area. Attorney Michael Lamonsoff wrote in the filing,
Jasmine Besiso and Myrone Powell suffered severe personal injuries as a result of the intentional assaults and batteries by (the) defendants and were treated for same at Lenox Hill Hospital.
In the lawsuit, Besiso claims Barnes approached her in the VIP area of the club and grabbed her
by the neck and began choking her.
Besiso claims she was then “intentionally elbowed in the face” after Barnes released his grip, knocking her unconscious. Powell claims in the lawsuit that when he tried to defend Besiso, he was punched by Cousins. Powell then claims he was punched and kicked “in the head, torso and lower body” after the two NBA players tackled him to the floor.
The suit notes that Besiso and Powell sustained “serious injuries and to suffer pain, shock and mental anguish” and that the injuries “will be permanent”.
Barnes has responded on social media about the incident.
Here’s footage of the two players after the alleged altercation.
No criminal charges have been filed against the two players.The lawsuit seeks more than $75,000, the minimum amount needed for it to be filed in federal court.