Browns QB focus of catfight?

Updated: September 11, 2004, 9:59 AM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Jeff Garcia's girlfriend, Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Year, was charged with assault in a bar fight last month with a woman the Cleveland Browns quarterback once dated.

Jeff Garcia

Garcia was out with girlfriend Carmella DeCesare when they were confronted Aug. 21 by Kristen Hine in a nightclub. DeCesare "launched" herself at Hine three times, Hine told police. Hine said that when she turned to leave, DeCesare kicked her in the head.

Hine, 32, of Cleveland, wasn't hurt but filed a police complaint accusing DeCesare of assault, a first-degree misdemeanor.

DeCesare, 22, of suburban Westlake, pleaded not guilty Friday in Cleveland Municipal Court and remained free on $5,000 bond. A magistrate issued a temporary protective order barring DeCesare from contact with Hine.

DeCesare denies being the aggressor. Her lawyer said Garcia and several companions are prepared to back her story.

Garcia, whose team plays its season opener Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, declined to comment.

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