Dwight Howard Maintains One-Night Stand w/ Male Sexual Assault Accuser Was Consensual: ‘Nothing More Than A Classic Case of Unrequited Love’
Dwight Howard is still fighting to clear his name as he battles it out with an allegedly scorn lover.
According to RadarOnline, the former NBA athlete has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed against him by Stephen Harper, whom he met on Instagram. Dwight Howard stated Harper‘s sexual assault accusations are “nothing more than a classic case of unrequited love,” stemming from the athlete’s decision to cut ties after one consensual encounter.
Dwight Howard‘s attorney wrote,
“While Howard remained cordial and responded to Mr. Harper’s text messages and calls sporadically at first, Mr. Harper continued to press for a relationship and Mr. Howard has no interest in such a relationship.”
Howard‘s lawsuit filing claimed Harper‘s anger and contacts increased to the point that the latter grew excessively upset and began making threats, even going so far as to suggest he would take matters to social media. Howard also said Harper vowed to tell the entire world about their one-night stand, including his mother and sisters.
The filing added,
“When these threats and several demands for money went unfulfilled, Mr. Harper filed the instant lawsuit as revenge and in an attempt to tarnish Mr. Howard’s reputation.”
Howard said he has text conversations showing Harper talking about enjoying their night together hours after it happened, adding that there is no doubt about whether the alleged assault was consensual. As a result, he sought that the entire case be dismissed before a trial could be held.
As previously reported, Harper sued Howard earlier this year for assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and false detention. The lawsuit said the two exchanged sexual emails for several weeks until Howard invited Harper to his Georgia home on July 19, 2021.
Harper said he and Howard walked into bedroom and began kissing before being interrupted by a man dressed as a woman who introduced themselves as “Kitty.” Harper said Howard forced him to perform a sexual act on him without his consent.
According to the lawsuit,
“[Howard] stood up (towering over Mr. Harper), grabbed Mr. Harper by the thighs, forcibly removed Mr. Harper’s underwear, held Mr. Harper down, and performed nonconsensual oral sex on Mr. Harper. Mr. Harper was in fear of imminent bodily harm when he was pinned down and forced to remain in place while [Howard] continued to sexually assault him.”
However, Howard rejected all allegations of assault, though he admits to having a consensual threesome with Harper and “Kitty.”
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