Browns QB focus of catfight?
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.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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