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Former Ravens WR LaQuan Williams being sued after alleged fight outside a nightclub in June

By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun

6:38 PM EST, November 12, 2013

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Former Ravens wide receiver LaQuan Williams is facing a civil lawsuit in District of Columbia Superior Court accusing him of assault and battery stemming from an alleged altercation in June outside of a Washington strip club, according to court records obtained by The Baltimore Sun.

The lawsuit was filed Nov. 1 and seeks $6 million in compensatory damages, and $2 million in punitive damages from the District of Columbia, D.C. police officer Anthony McRae and Williams, including alleged civil rights violations from the city and its employee.

The lawsuit seeks $1 million in compensatory damages from Williams, a former Poly standout who played collegiately at Maryland, as well as another $50,000 in damages and interest for allegedly inflicting "serious bodily injuries, including multiple bruises and contusions over many parts of his body," against plaintiff Anthony Smart, a security guard at Stadium Club.

Williams' agent, Jason Sklar, told The Baltimore Sun that he was aware of an incident at the nightclub, but had no immediate comment on the pending litigation.  Williams now plays for the New England Patriots after being released by the Ravens through an injury settlement in September. The Ravens and Patriots had no comment.

No criminal charges have been filed regarding the June 23 incident at Stadium Club, which is billed as an upscale strip club located at 2127 Queens Chapel Road in Northeast Washington.

The lawsuit, filed by Stadium Club security guards Owen Collier Jr. and Smart, alleges that Williams and his entourage of roughly 30 people were asked to leave the nightclub because: "They were smoking marijuana and other illegal substances inside the club."

"They were escorted outside into the parking lot area by the club's security personnel where defendant LaQuan Williams assaulted and battered a member of the security team, plaintiff Anthony Smart," the lawsuit alleges. "Defendant LaQuan Williams assaulted and punched Smart. He did so intentionally, with malice and without provocation. .. Other members of defendant Williams' entourage then attacked security personnel who attempted to assist Mr. Smart."

According to the lawsuit, McRae struck Collier in the right eye with a baton and caused "serious injuries, including a traumatic brain injury."

An initial scheduling conference regarding the lawsuit has been scheduled for Jan. 31. 

awilson@baltsun.com

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