Charlotte Hornets star Miles Bridges has been formally charged with domestic violence and child abuse, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has announced.
On Tuesday, District Attorney George Gascón announced that Bridges faces one count of injuring a parent of a child and two counts of child abuse in circumstances or conditions likely to cause harm. serious bodily harm or death after his arrest in late June.
“Domestic violence creates physical, mental and emotional trauma that has a lasting impact on survivors,” Gascón said in a press release. “Children who witness domestic violence are particularly vulnerable and the impact on them is immeasurable. Mr. Bridges will be held accountable for his actions and our Office of Victim Services will support survivors through this difficult process.
Bridges is due in court on Wednesday.
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“We are aware of the charges that were filed today against Miles Bridges,” the Hornets said in a statement late Wednesday. “These are very serious charges that we will continue to monitor. As this is a legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time.”
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to USA TODAY Sports that Bridges was arrested on June 29 for “intimate partner violence with injury” after a physical altercation that took place on June 27.
Bridges, a 24-year-old NBA star who attended Michigan State for two years and is a Flint native, posted $130,000 bond after his arrest, the LA District Attorney’s Office confirmed. at USA TODAY Sports.
Days later, Mychelle Johnson, Bridges’ wife and mother of his two young children, took to social media to share photos of Bridges’ alleged abuse of her. The images show a swollen lip and nose, discolored hands, a swollen wrist, bruises on his ear, arm, back and cuts on his leg.
“I hate that it’s come to this, but I can’t shut up anymore,” Johnson said in her now-deleted Instagram post. “I allowed someone to destroy my home, abuse me in every way possible and traumatize our children for life.”
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Johnson claimed the incident happened in front of the couple’s children.
“I don’t need sympathy, I just don’t want this to happen to anyone else, I just want that person to get help, my kids deserve better,” she said. writing. “It hurts, everything hurts, this situation hurts, especially I’m scared and I hurt for my children who have witnessed everything.”
Johnson also shared a photo of his alleged emergency department discharge papers, where a series of injuries were listed for his diagnosis: “Adult victim of physical abuse by male partner; assault by strangulation; concussion; closed fracture of nasal bone; bruised rib; multiple bruises; strained neck muscle.”
Bridges’ arrest came a day before the start of NBA free agency, where the restricted free agent was expected to command a big payday.
The case, which involves allegations of causing serious bodily harm to the victim of domestic violence, is still being investigated by the LAPD.
Contributor: Tony Garcia
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