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Actress sues Warren Sapp, alleges battery at 2015 Super Bowl

Warren Sapp is facing a civil lawsuit alleging he knocked over a woman as he was being escorted from an ESPN party the weekend of the Super Bowl in 2015.

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Warren Sapp is facing a civil lawsuit alleging he knocked over a woman as he was being escorted from an ESPN party the weekend of the Super Bowl in 2015.

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Nearly two years after Warren Sapp was arrested at the Super Bowl in Arizona on charges of soliciting a prostitute and assault, the Hall of Famer and former Bucs star is facing a separate civil lawsuit alleging he knocked a woman over as he was being escorted from an ESPN party that same weekend.

A newly discovered lawsuit filed by actress Paula Trickey in November in Broward County Circuit Court accuses Sapp of negligence and battery, claiming that at 1 a.m. on Jan. 31, 2015, Sapp was "being asked to leave the party by security" when he ran through a crowded room and knocked her over, "exhibiting negligent use of force or body kinetics." The lawsuit claims Sapp was "being intoxicated and unruly beyond social norm," and as a result of being knocked down, she "suffered significant and permanent loss of bodily functions and permanent injury."

Sapp, 44, could not be reached for comment, but responded to the news of the lawsuit on Twitter, posting a picture of him at another event that same night, also in Scottsdale, where he was to introduce singer Pitbull. "On Jan. 30 2015 I was at the JBL/Harmon private event where I was scheduled to introduce Pitbull. It's impossible to be @ 2 places at 1 time," he wrote.

The Pitbull event was publicized as having doors open at 7:45 p.m., however, more than four hours before the alleged incident, and the two venues are only 12 miles apart, so it is possible he could have attended both events on the same night.

Trickey, 50, has had small roles in such movies as "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" and "Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader," as well as having a recurring role on the TV show "The O.C."

Sapp lost his job with NFL Network as a result of the high-profile arrest in Arizona, though he was able to work out a pre-trial agreement to avoid any significant penalty. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Bucs' Ring of Honor in 2013 after going to the Pro Bowl seven times in his NFL career and being a key part of the Bucs' 2002 Super Bowl championship team.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 5, 2017 11:49am]

    

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