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Hornets’ Miles Bridges pleads not guilty to domestic violence charges

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Charlotte Hornets star Miles Bridges has pleaded not guilty to felony domestic violence charges after being accused of assaulting his girlfriend in front of their children.

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Bridges pleaded to arraignment, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said. He was formally charged with one count of harming the parent of a child and two counts of child abuse in circumstances or conditions likely to cause grievous bodily harm or death. tuesday.

“Domestic violence creates physical, mental and emotional trauma that has a lasting impact on survivors,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon said in a news release earlier this week. “Children who witness domestic violence are particularly vulnerable and the impact on them is immeasurable. Mr. Bridges will be held accountable for his actions and our Office of Victim Services will support survivors through this difficult process.

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Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges reacts after being fouled in the first half of an NBA game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center in New York City on March 27, 2022.
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The Hornets released a statement to Fox News Digital late Tuesday night.

“We are aware of the charges that were filed today against Miles Bridges. These are very serious charges that we will continue to monitor. As this is a legal matter, we will have no further comment for the moment,” the team said.

The NBA added: “We are aware of the charges made today against Miles Bridges. The league is investigating the allegations.”

Mychelle Johnson, the mother of Bridges’ two children, addressed the incident on Instagram on July 1, posting several photos of injuries and a medical report that read “adult victim of physical abuse by male partner; strangulation assault, concussion ; Closed fracture of the nasal bone; Contusion of a rib; Multiple contusions; Sprain of the neck muscle.”

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Miles Bridges of the Charlotte Hornets reacts during the second half of an NBA game against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena in Atlanta on April 13, 2022.

Miles Bridges of the Charlotte Hornets reacts during the second half of an NBA game against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena in Atlanta on April 13, 2022.
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Johnson added in a separate Instagram post, “I hate that it’s come to this but I can’t shut up anymore. I allowed someone to destroy my home, abuse me in every way possible and traumatize our children for life. I have nothing to prove to the world, but I will not allow someone who might do something so horrible to feel any remorse and paint a picture of something that I am not. I will not allow people around him to continue to shut me up and continue to lie to protect this person.”

Bridges, 24, was originally arrested on July 1 for “intimate partner violence with injury,” the LAPD said on Twitter. He was released on $130,000 bond.

Authorities said the alleged assault on the defendant’s girlfriend happened on June 27 and 28 and happened in front of their two children, according to a complaint.

Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges steps onto the court during an NBA game against the Denver Nuggets in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 28, 2022.

Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges steps onto the court during an NBA game against the Denver Nuggets in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 28, 2022.
(AP Photo/Rusty Jones, File)

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Bridges is a restricted free agent. The Hornets made him a qualifying offer on June 28. He led Charlotte in scoring with 20.2 points and 7 rebounds in his fourth season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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