Florida police close investigation of Holmes
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The Orlando Police Department has closed its investigation of allegations that Santonio Holmes assaulted a college student at a nightclub earlier this month because the woman declined to prosecute.
The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver told police that Anshonae Mills -- who has sued him for assault and battery -- was actually struck in the face by a glass thrown by a female patron, according to a police report on the incident obtained today.
An Orlando Police Department case narrative dated at 5:56 this morning indicates that Ms. Mills, 21, accused Mr. Holmes March 7 of striking her with a glass inside a club called Rain after a feud over a seat in the VIP section.
- Battery report filed by Officer D. Barnes
- Anshonae Mills' statement
- Anshonae Mills' arrest affidavit June 11, 2009
- Anshonae Mills' arrest affidavit Oct. 17, 2009
However, the report states, Ms. Mills and Mr. Holmes had a private conversation several feet away from Orlando police Officer Damon Barnes, during which the University of Central Florida senior was seen smiling and rubbing Mr. Holmes' face.
"Five minutes later the two returned and Mills advised this officer that they had resolved the matter and that she did not wish to press charges or get Holmes into any trouble," the report said.
Ms. Mills also wrote a statement to police that said: "A drink was thrown in my face. I was hurt and bleeding. I refuse to prosecute the perpetrator for the incident."
Ms. Mills sued Mr. Holmes, 26, last Wednesday for assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. She also sued the owners of the club for not protecting her.
In a related matter, Steelers president Art Rooney II issued a statement this morning on the lawsuit.
"We are disappointed to learn about the recent incident involving Santonio Holmes in Florida. While we are continuing to gather the facts, I cannot comment further until we have more information and have spoken to Santonio and his representatives."
First Published March 30, 2010 10:58 am