Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis “assaulted and battered” a woman at a DC nightclub in 2011 and must pay her nearly $20,000, a DC Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday.
The ruling comes after a two-and-a-half-year legal saga in which a Baltimore woman, Makini R. Chaka, claimed in civil court that Davis dumped juice on her and threw an empty pitcher at her, injuring her, at Josephine Nightclub and Lounge in DC, on January 6, 2011. Josephine’s is located at 1008 Vermont Avenue, Northwest.
Chaka asked for more than $350,000 in damages. “My boots, which were suede, were damaged by the acid in the juice,” Chaka told the judge during the March 11 bench trial. Both parties acted as their own attorneys in earlier portions of the proceedings.
Davis, who has alleged that Chaka is a celebrity “madam” who provides escorts for NFL players, admitted to dumping the juice on Chaka but not to throwing the empty pitcher at her.
Chaka has since filed a defamation suit in federal court against Davis regarding these comments.
Chaka has denied providing prostitutes for anyone. She describes herself as a “celebrity broker” who arranges parties for athletes and entertainers.
In Tuesday’s ruling, Judge Laura A. Cordero wrote that Chaka “has established by a preponderance of evidence that Defendant Fred Davis assaulted and battered her.”
The judge awarded Chaka $186 in medical damages, $575 to compensate for damage to “her boots, her dress, [and] her hair weave.” The judge also awarded Chaka $9,000 in lost earnings and $10,000 in pain and suffering.