Last week, the law firm representing Makini R. Chaka posted security camera footage of her 2011 altercation with former Redskins tight end Fred Davis.
The law firm did not release the entire video, only the portion of the footage showing Davis dumping juice on and throwing a bottle at their client. The Washingtonian has obtained the complete footage, which includes an earlier exchange from the same evening in which Chaka throws a drink on Davis.
The video is the key evidence in Chaka’s $350,000 civil suit against Davis, who she claims assaulted her at DC’s Josephine Nightclub and Lounge more than two years ago.
Chaka’s attorney argues that the video proves Davis assaulted Chaka. Davis’s lawyer calls Chaka’s request for $350,000 tantamount to extortion. “Lawsuits are supposed to be about making someone whole, not giving someone a windfall,” says George Wooditch, Davis’s lawyer.
In sworn testimony during the March 11 trial, Davis repeatedly denied throwing the bottle.
“I didn’t throw the bottle—the bottle came out of my hand,” he testified.
“I released it, I didn’t throw it.”
“I didn’t throw it at her. Period.”
Patrice Sulton, Chaka’s lawyer, argued that Davis perjured himself in court.
Davis’s sometimes bodyguard Stewart Prince has alleged that Chaka is a “madam/pimpette” who procures escorts for celebrities. Chaka denies this; she describes herself as a “celebrity broker” who organizes parties for entertainers and athletes.
The judge has not set a date for the verdict.In the video here, at about 12 seconds, Davis approaches Chaka, who throws a drink in Davis’s face.
At about 44 seconds, Davis retaliates by tossing a drink on Chaka and throwing the pitcher at her. Roughly five minutes elapsed between the first incident and the second incident.
UPDATE: In an email to Washingtonian this evening, Sulton wrote: “Davis admitted back in February of 2011, that he initially approached and touched Ms. Chaka in a manner that was unwelcome. The court found—correctly, under our law—that the first contact, where he reaches and touches her arm, constitutes an assault. Accordingly, Davis was ordered to stay 75 feet away from my client at all times. Both parties explained they had not been on speaking terms for a full year. Davis was there celebrating his birthday very nearby. Ms. Chaka was there on business with members of another team. Ms. Chaka testified that he approached her aggressively, cursing at her and calling her a 'bitch'... The earlier episode isn't legally relevant to the action that is currently before the court. (a) There is no pending cross-claim or counterclaim alleging Ms. Chaka assaulted Davis. (b) There is no claim of self-defense. Under the law, even under Davis' version of the events, the earlier incident doesn't legally justify the later assault because Davis had sufficient time to cool off before returning.”