A witness in the misdemeanor sex abuse case involving former Washington Redskins Albert Haynesworth claims he was offered $50,000 to testify on behalf of the waitress accusing the football player, court documents state.
The documents were filed by Haynesworth's attorney, A. Scott Bolden. Haynesworth's trial is expected to begin next week in D.C. Superior Court.
The government responded that the offer of money was entirely vague and that the witness assumed the man extending the offer was connected to the waitress, but there is no evidence to back up that claim. It called the claim by Haynesworth's team that the waitress' lawyers had offered the witness money to testify on her behalf "unsupported and unconscionable."
According to government documents, the witness told government investigators a man approached him and asked his opinion on the Haynesworth case. The man said it might be "worth (his) while" to "help out a certain individual." The witness asked what he was talking about and the man said "I'm talking about 50K."
When the witness didn't reply, the man left without ever mentioning his name or leaving any contact information. The witness assumed the man was connected with the waitress, but when Haynesworth's lawyers showed him a picture of the waitress' attorney he was sure that that was not the man who approached him.
The witness, Ramon Davis, works as a security guard at the W Hotel, where Hayneworth is accused of groping a waitress on Feb. 13. According to authorities, Haynesworth "slid a credit card down the front of his server's dress and fondled her breast."
Davis says in the affidavit that he was approached at work by the hotel waitress and by a man in a suit. After speaking for a couple minutes, he claims the man told him to accept the money to help "a certain person."
"I assumed that he was offering me $50,000 in exchange for my testimony in support of (the accuser) because she had been standing with her shoulder to his back when he started walking towards me and she knew that I was an eyewitness to the incident," he stated.
The guard states that he never witnessed Haynesworth fondling or rubbing the woman's breast. He also told prosecutors that he she seemed to be fine but later cried in a back room claiming Haynesworth molested her.
"In my opinion, I do not think that Mr. Haynesworth did anything wrong because (the accuser) consented to the conduct and when she asked him to stop he stopped," Davis said.
Washington Redskins shipped Albert Haynesworth to the New England Patriots for a 2013 fifth-round draft pick