Suit alleges assault, threats, paternity

Updated: December 10, 2009, 7:09 PM ET
Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- A woman has filed a $70 million lawsuit against Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, claiming he is father of her two children and assaulted her multiple times.

Suggs said at practice Thursday that he has nothing to hide, but he was not able to discuss the case yet.

Candace Williams, 26, is seeking $50 million in punitive damages and $20 million in compensatory damages from the three-time Pro Bowl pass rusher. She filed a separate complaint seeking custody of the children. Both were filed Monday in Baltimore Circuit Court.

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Williams is also seeking a restraining order against Suggs, who she said knocked her down and poured bleach on her and their son.

"I can't talk about all that right now," Suggs said at the Ravens' training complex. "You know I've always been fair. When I can address it, I will. I really have nothing to hide. As bad as I want to talk about it right now, I can't."

Suggs has been sidelined since hurting his knee in a game against the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 16. He wouldn't say whether he planned to attend a hearing Friday on the motion for a restraining order.

"It's one of those things you have to deal with," he said. "I'm still coming to work. I'm still getting ready for Sunday."

Williams alleges Suggs broke her nose during a Nov. 3 incident and threatened to kill her. On Nov. 29, she said he threatened to drown her with bleach and poured bleach on her "entire body as she was forced to stay on the ground."

A district court judge noted that she had a laceration on her chest when he granted her a temporary restraining order against Suggs that requires him to stay away from Williams and vacate their residence.

Williams claimed that Suggs has "irrational and violent tendencies."

Suggs hasn't been charged with a crime, and there's no record of emergency calls to his Windsor Mill home. Suggs, who has missed three games in a row with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, would not say whether he would return Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

"I'm trying to feel it out," Suggs said. "It does feel better. I'm still not trusting it fully."


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