Two Civil Suits Accuse Jermaine Taylor of Assault

FEBRUARY 8, 2007 - Posted at 3:44 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Two women have filed civil lawsuits against boxer Jermain Taylor, alleging that the world middleweight champion assaulted them during a comedian's performance in Little Rock.

The lawsuits, filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court, accuse Taylor of "causing emotional distress and mental suffering" to two women during a September 3 performance by comedian Katt Williams at Robinson Auditorium in Little Rock.

The plaintiffs, Jeanine Morse and Yvette McCarty, each ask for a judgement of at least $75,000, as well as punitive damages and attorney's fees.

The complaint accuses Taylor of grabbing Morse's breasts during the performance and forcefully kissing McCarty, who was an usher during the performance.

In a statement, Taylor denied the claims.

Taylor said, "I have been falsely accused of improper behavior.  It's a shame that people will go this far for financial gain and try to damage my name.  I have always conducted myself with others in the most respectful way."

But Stephanie Chamberlin, who represents both plaintiffs, says neither woman knew who Taylor was the night of the performance.  Chamberlin says the case isn't about money, and that the plaintiffs would have sued anyone who behaved in that manner.

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