Warning: The following article contains graphic allegations of domestic violence.
Miles Bridges is facing multiple allegations of domestic violence and child abuse in an alleged assault that took place in June in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney on Tuesday filed charges against the restricted free agent of the Charlotte Hornets. Bridges faces one felony charge of harming a child’s parent and two felony charges of child abuse under circumstances or conditions that could result in serious bodily injury or death.
Bridges pleaded not guilty to the charges at a hearing on Wednesday.
Miles Bridges’ girlfriend describes brutal attack
Bridges, 24, was arrested on June 29 and released a day later on $130,000 bail. On July 1, his girlfriend Michelle Johnson posted on social media graphic images of the injuries she wrote she suffered during the violent attack. According to Johnson, she had fractures nose and wrist, torn eardrum, and torn neck muscles due to suffocation.
“I hate that it has come to this, but I can no longer be silent,” Johnson wrote in a post that was subsequently deleted. “I let someone destroy my home, abuse me in every possible way, and traumatize our children for life. I have nothing to prove to the world, but I will not let anyone who could do something so terrible not feel remorse. and paint a picture of what I am not.
“I will not let the people around him continue to silence me and continue to lie to protect this person. It’s unethical, it’s immoral, it really HURTS. It hurts my heart because I have always had hope and so much love. and no matter how scared I was to do it, it’s time to stand up for myself.
“I will no longer be silent to protect others because I value myself and my children more than someone else’s “image”… broken nose, wrist, torn eardrum, torn muscles in the neck from suffocation until I fell asleep, and severe concussion.
“I don’t need sympathy, I just don’t want this to happen to anyone else, I just want that person to get help, my kids deserve better. That’s all I want. most importantly, I am scared and hurt for my children, who witnessed everything. Please respect my family’s privacy and stop spreading vile rumors and accusations.”
Her post contained what appeared to be a medical report stating that Johnson was “an adult victim of physical abuse by a male partner.”
LA DA vows Bridges ‘will be held accountable’
Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon released a statement along with the allegations, promising to bring Bridges to justice.
“Domestic violence creates physical, mental and emotional trauma that has a lasting impact on survivors,” Gascon said in a statement. “Children who have witnessed domestic violence are particularly vulnerable and the impact on them is immeasurable. Mr. Bridges will be held accountable for his actions and our Victim Assistance Bureau will support survivors in this difficult process.”
According to the statement, Bridges’ alleged attack took place in front of two of the victim’s children. Bridges did not speak publicly about his arrest and did not respond immediately after the charges were filed on Tuesday.
The Hornets extended their qualifying offer to the Bridges beyond the 2021–22 season, meaning they were eligible to match any offer from an opposing team in free agency. Bridges was arrested the day before free agency began. The Hornets released a statement regarding the felony charges filed on Tuesday.
“We are aware of the charges brought against Miles Bridges today. the statement reads. “These are very serious allegations that we will continue to monitor. As this is a legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time.”
The NBA made a similar statement.
“We are aware of the charges brought against Miles Bridges today. the statement reads. “The League is investigating the allegations.”
If you or someone you know has experienced domestic violence, you can get help. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24/7 with free anonymous help by calling 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), texting START to 88788, or online at thehotline.org.
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