Holmes on lawsuit: 'I didn't do anything'

Updated: March 30, 2010, 2:12 AM ET
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- A Florida woman is suing Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes, saying the one-time Super Bowl MVP hit her in the face with a glass at an Orlando nightclub and then offered to pay her so she wouldn't press charges.

Holmes, who has not been charged in connection with the alleged incident, says he "didn't do anything" and expects the matter to be dealt with quickly.

Anshonoe Mills claimed in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that Holmes grabbed her face and threw the glass at her because she was sitting on a couch in the Rain Night Club's VIP section on March 7.

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The lawsuit, first reported by Courthouse News Service, a legal wire service, said the glass hit Mills on the right side of the face, cutting the woman near the eye. The four-page document also claimed Holmes and a police officer intimidated Mills so she wouldn't press charges.

Holmes offered to pay Mills because he was an NFL star and couldn't afford to get into trouble, the lawsuit said. The woman felt pressured and incoherently told police that she was hit in the face and was bleeding but wouldn't press charges, according to the lawsuit.

Mills is seeking more than $15,000 in damages from Holmes, who was MVP of the Super Bowl played after the 2008 season.

Holmes, a former Super Bowl MVP, told ESPN's Rachel Nichols he has confidence that this matter "will be taken care of quickly, within the next 24 hours." When asked about the specifics of the case, he said "I really don't have much to say about it because I didn't do anything. My lawyer is handling it from here."

Mills' attorney, Jacques Cooper, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Holmes had been served with the lawsuit, but did not offer additional details.

"We're not really making comments in-depth about the matter at this time," Cooper said, according to the report. "We're still looking into the matter and are waiting to hear from Mr. Holmes' people."

Orlando Police Sgt. Barbara Jones hadn't seen the lawsuit and couldn't comment.

Steelers spokesman Dave Lockett said team officials were gathering information and had no further comment.

Holmes' teammate, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, was accused earlier this month of assaulting a 20-year-old Georgia college student. He has not been charged in that case.

Holmes was cited for marijuana possession, a misdemeanor, in Pennsylvania in 2008. The Steelers made Holmes inactive for the game following the incident and he subsequently apologized.

He was arrested on a domestic violence charge in 2006 in Ohio, but that charge was later dropped.

ESPN's Rachel Nichols and The Associated Press contributed to this report.