WASHINGTON — A prosecution witness in the misdemeanor sexual abuse case against Albert Haynesworth says he was offered $50,000 to testify against the former Washington Redskin, court records show.
Haynesworth, who was traded to the New England Patriots last month, is scheduled to stand trial in D.C. Superior Court next Tuesday. He is accused of sliding his credit card into the bra of a waitress and touching her breast at the W Hotel in Washington.
He has denied any wrongdoing through his lawyer, A. Scott Bolden, who is seeking to force prosecutors to turn over all grand jury testimony as well as any evidence that could help his defense.
One witness, W Hotel security guard Ramon Davis, described the credit-card encounter as consensual, and said there was no fondling, in an affidavit filed with Bolden’s motion.
The security guard also said in the affidavit that he was approached at work in April by the waitress and a suited man, who told Davis, “I’m talking about $50,000 if you help ‘us’ or a ‘certain person,’” according to the affidavit.
Davis, who testified before a grand jury and was later interviewed by a private detective hired by Bolden, said he was “shocked and ignored the man’s offer.”
William Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office, says prosecutors will file a written response but declined to comment otherwise.
The Redskins traded Haynesworth to the New England Patriots after his season-long feud with Redskins coach Mike Shanahan. Haynesworth’s agent, Chad Speck, said he thought the case should be dropped and that there’s no evidence of a crime. Haynesworth had previously rejected an offer from prosecutors to plead guilty to simple assault in exchange for the dismissal of the sexual abuse charge.
“I don’t think this would have ever seen the inside of a grand jury room, much less a courtroom, if the defendant’s name wasn’t Albert Haynesworth,” Speck said.
Bolden also filed a motion to keep out of trial statements Haynesworth made to detectives who were investigating the abuse complaint, saying he spoke to the police before being advised of his constitutional right to remain silent.