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Fred Davis, Attorney at Law: The Courtroom Transcripts

“I don’t know what today is. All I know is I had court today,” the Redskins tight end testifies at a hearing in DC Superior Court.

Thursday we reported that Redskins tight end
Fred Davis has spent the past 18 months engaged in a civil lawsuit with a woman he knows from the nightclub scene.

The woman,
Makini R. Chaka, 33, said in court testimony
that she is a “celebrity broker” who arranges parties for sports and
entertainment stars. “My
job is to call and set up events for my clients and we are paid
every time that we come,” Chaka testified. “I do a lot of
parties with famous people, whether it’s singers, whether it’s
rappers, whether it’s athletes.”

Stewart Prince, a bodyguard who has worked for Davis, alleged in court documents that Chaka is “a ‘madam/pimpette’ who provides escorts
to high-profile athletes and entertainers.”

“It is well-known in the sports and entertainment
industry, particularly in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, that
recruits women to work for her and provide sexual favors to
athletes or other entertainer[s] in exchange for money,” Prince
said in court documents.

Curiously, Davis—who recently signed a one-year, $5.4 million contract with the Redskins—served as his own defense counsel
during the case. He has no formal legal training.

“It’s all hearsay,” Davis told the judge during an April hearing.

Chaka also represented herself during the case, which
is scheduled to go to trial on March 11, 2013. Here are some courtroom
exchanges that have occurred between Chaka and Davis during
their year-and-a-half-long legal drama, according to transcripts
of DC Superior Court hearings:

Makini Chaka cross-examination of Fred Davis, February 11, 2011

Chaka: Mr. Davis, you said that you did not know me on a friendship level. Is it true that I have, that I have or have not been
to your home?

Davis: You’ve never been to my house. You’ve dropped someone off, a teammate to my house but that was it.

Chaka: I’ve never stayed the night at your home?

Davis: You’ve never stayed at my house ever. Ever.

Chaka: I’ve never been in your recording studio at your home?

Davis: No. You’ve never been—like I’m not going to, I don’t know how—

Chaka: So we never hung out at your house and stayed the night over there . . . and watched episodes of
Martin before.

Davis: You’ve never, ever stayed at my house. You’ve been at Devin’s house, [former Redskins wide receiver]
Devin Thomas’s, that’s another teammate of mine. You’re naming things that we’ve done over his house. He has a studio in his house. He
has all those things that you’re talking about. I mean, as far as you coming to my house, you dropped someone off.

Chaka: Was there ever, was there ever a time that you and I were both at Devin’s house together?

Davis: Yes you’ve been there. You’re friends with him. Yes.

Chaka cross-examination of Davis, April 10, 2012

Chaka: Well, let’s look at your document. It says December the 3rd, 2012. What’s today’s date, Mr. Davis?

Davis: I don’t know. I don’t know. 

Chaka: What’s the date of today?

Davis: I don’t know what today is. All I know is I had court today.

Chaka: You don’t know what today’s date is? His document is not even valid.

Davis: What are you talking about? . . .

Chaka: Well, according to your statement, to bullet No. 5, it says that this event happened December 3rd, 2012.

Davis: Okay, and, what about it?

Chaka: Has December 3rd, 2012 even happened yet? 

Davis: What?

Chaka: What? That’s the same thing I’m saying, Mr. Davis.

Davis: It was a misprint. Okay, December 3rd, 2011, okay, great.

Chaka: You signed an official document that you turned into the court—

Davis: With the wrong date, okay, all right.

Chaka: Stating that this incident happened on this date when there’s no such thing.

Davis: Okay, it’s a misprint.

Chaka: There’s no such event that could have ever happened on December the 3rd, 2012.

Davis: A misprint, okay.

Chaka: It’s not valid.

Davis: It is a misprint. It is a misprint.

Chaka cross-examination of Davis on February 11, 2011

Chaka: Also, Mr. Davis, you said that once that the liquid was thrown at you in the club that your eyes were, were burning.

Davis: Yes.

Chaka: However, you returned less than three minutes later to throw the drink on me. So if your eyes were burning and you were that
much of a, of a victim, why didn’t you leave the club?

Davis: Well, because I mean, first of all it
was my [birthday] party. If anything, you should have had to leave
because it was my
party and I mean, like, like I’m supposed to be having a good
time. Second of all, it don’t take that long to rub liquor out
of your face. I mean it took me about two or three minutes to
get my eyes like right. Like wow, I still was blurry vision
and my eyes were still burning that night for the whole night.
After that, I was like, well, shoot, that’s crazy, that’s messed
up, so after that I grabbed the juice and I poured it on you.
That was it.

Chaka: So if your eyes were burning, why didn’t you seek medical attention as I have—

Davis: Because—

Chaka: —for my, my injury from you?

Davis: I don’t have any personal vendetta. I
don’t have any personal reason to get money out of you, I mean, like for
what? Why would
I do that? I can take care of myself. I don’t need to seek
medical attention, I’m getting Lasik eye surgery, yeah, but other
than that, I’m not going to try to make you pay for it. Why? I
don’t, I wouldn’t even give you the satisfaction, so.

Chaka: I have no further questions, Your Honor.

Chaka cross-examination of Davis on April 10, 2012

Chaka: Let’s look at these photos right here. Because I went to college. I go back to my homecoming every year. Why? Because a building
on the campus named after a family of my family.

Davis: So, they use a pimp cup, that’s all.

Chaka: Mr. Davis, I’m drinking out of a decorated accessory as many celebrities do.

Davis: Many celebrities as who, Magic Don Juan that’s a pimp?

Chaka: As Paris Hilton, as Snoop Dog, as Little John—I work with celebrities. Don’t you think it could have been a gift from one
of them?

Chaka cross-examination of Davis, April 10, 2012

Davis: But as it shows, you also have your hands on his genitals. I mean, why would you take a picture like that?

Chaka: I do not. Let’s look closely at the exhibit right here, Judge. Where is my hand placed in this exhibit?

Judge: I don’t answer questions, Ms. Chaka.

Chaka: Oh, sorry.

Judge: The witness does.

Chaka: Can you tell me where my hand is actually at in this photo?

Davis: It looks like it’s in the genitals to me. I mean your hands are on his genitals. Your hand is on his—

Chaka: Objection.

Senior Writer

Luke Mullins is a senior writer at Washingtonian magazine focusing on the people and institutions that control the city’s levers of power. He has written about the Koch Brothers’ attempt to take over The Cato Institute, David Gregory’s ouster as moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press, the collapse of Washington’s Metro system, and the conflict that split apart the founders of Politico.