Complaint stemmed from arguments over money

Updated: March 17, 2005, 5:22 PM ET
Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. -- A domestic violence complaint against New York Giants star Michael Strahan was dismissed Thursday, days after he filed for divorce.

Michael Strahan

The complaint stemmed from a March 10 argument over money between Strahan and his wife, Jean, at their Montclair home. Judge Thomas Zampino ruled the argument did not involve physical violence, but not before Jean Strahan testified about other fights.

In often tearful testimony, she described past instances in which she claimed the defensive end physically abused her, including several times when he choked or punched her.

Michael Strahan denied the abuse accusations. He filed for divorce Monday. A temporary restraining order was issued against him last Thursday after Jean Strahan filed the complaint with Montclair police.

Strahan left the court without speaking to reporters, but spokesman Ernie Landante said, "The judge's ruling validates what Michael has known and said all along: That he would never physically or emotionally harm his loved ones."

Jean Strahan said that this month she and her husband argued after he noticed on an online bank statement that she had transferred nearly $1.7 million from one of their joint accounts.

Jean Strahan testified Thursday that she did so because she thought her husband was moving money out of the accounts himself, and because he had "cut up her credit cards."

During the confrontation at home that evening, Michael Strahan yelled at her and told her he would make her put the money back in the account, Jean Strahan said. But she conceded under cross examination that her husband did not touch her during the argument.

She said he abused her physically before they were married in July 1999, including one instance when they were visiting Strahan's parents in Germany in 1996. She claimed he punched her in the face and knocked her to the ground, loosening a tooth. She said no police report was filed.

The Strahans have twin girls, born in October. The parties agreed Michael Strahan will be allowed to visit his children on alternate days.

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