Odell Beckham Jr. is back in off-the-field news as a man issued a lawsuit, suing the wide receiver $15 million for his role in an assault, reports TMZ.
Ishmael Temple, an event coordinator, is the man responsible for filing the lawsuit. In it, Temple claims Beckham watched as his bodyguards beat him up at a Los Angeles house party back in January. Among the damages to Temple were his two front teeth getting chipped, and he says he has spent $18K already on fixing his teeth from the incident.
However, Beckham's attorney, Daniel Davillier, said that all the information Temple gave was just an extortion attempt on his 25-year-old client.
"This is getting old," Davillier told the NY Daily News' Pat Leonard. "The filing is full of falsehoods and misinformation, and Mr. Beckham's legal team is fully prepared to vigorously defend against these outlandish and unsubstantiated claims. Mr. Beckham denies any business or other relationship with plaintiff, and further denies any wrongdoing whatsoever."
A source familiar with the incident also tells Leonard that the altercation was entirely different than what Temple said in his lawsuit. The source claims that Temple was drunk, and arguing with a chef working at the party. He attacked the chef with a bottle of Hennessy, and security had to pull Temple off of him. He was then asked to leave the party.
This was all happening without Beckham even present, and he wasn't aware of the situation at all.
"Ishmael Temple has expressly acknowledged in his own lawsuit that Odell Beckham Jr. never once touched him; and yet, Mr. Beckham is being sued for an alleged altercation that definitively did not involve him at all," Davillier said. "In January, 2018, Mr. Temple arrived drunk and belligerent at a third-party, private residence at which Mr. Beckham was also present, among others. Mr. Temple made threatening remarks to several attendees, at which point he was repeatedly asked to leave. When he refused, and aggressively threatened yet another attendee, he was involved in a fight with that person. The situation was diffused, and Mr. Temple was escorted off the premises."
Davillier adds that Temple demanded money from Beckham privately, and said if he didn't give it to him, he would file the lawsuit.
Furthermore, Temple never filed a police report, or went to the hospital to report his injuries and what had happened.
"This guy claims somebody assaulted him to near death, but there's no police report, no hospital record, no evidence of an actual injury, and he asserts that Odell is responsible," Davillier said. "This is clearly a frivolous lawsuit. We'll see him in court."
Temple's report also has a few holes, including the fact that he had known the wide receiver for years when he went "to UCLA." Obviously, Beckham played his college football at LSU. Also, Temple claims he was invited to Beckham's house, but the house actually didn't belong to him, as Davillier mentioned before.
Beckham has been in bad spotlight this offseason which includes a video of him in a hotel with a woman and what appears to be drugs. He was also said to be present in a club fight video that circulated Twitter last Saturday, but he wasn't in it.