Santonio Holmes' lawyer says accuser fingered wrong man

Sent evidence to police that he says will exonerate Steelers receiver

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Santonio Holmes' lawyer today said he has sent the Orlando Police Department evidence that will exonerate his client, who is under investigation for allegedly striking a woman in the face with a liquor glass at a nightclub last month.

Adam B. Swickle sent the evidence to the lead investigator Wednesday by overnight mail. He would not disclose what information was provided that he hopes will derail any criminal case against the Steelers receiver.

"We have received substantial and . . . undisputed evidence that Santonio Holmes had nothing to do with the throwing of that liquor. He was not the one that did it," Mr. Swickle said.

Furthermore, Mr. Swickle said, he does not believe that anyone even threw a glass at the alleged victim, Anshonae Mills.

Orlando police said they could not comment on an ongoing investigation.

Ms. Mills, 21, a student at the University of Central Florida, sued Mr. Holmes last month in Orange County, Fla., over the confrontation, which occurred March 7 inside the Rain Ultra Lounge nightclub.

Ms. Mills accused Mr. Holmes, 26, of throwing his liquor glass in her face after a spat over a seat in the VIP area. According to her lawsuit, the glass opened up a small cut on her face, and the liquor temporarily blinded her.

Once outside the club, Ms. Mills claimed the football player and police pressured her not to press charges. Mr. Swickle disputes that account.

Ms. Mills declined to press charges, according to both a police report and a handwritten statement. However, after she filed suit she told police she wanted to prosecute after all.

Mr. Swickle does not dispute that there was some sort of incident involving the two but said his client did nothing wrong and certainly did not attack Ms. Mills.

Ms. Mills' lawyer, Jacques L. Cooper, declined comment.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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