I think I have gathered enough information to say that I believe Santonio Holmes and this woman Anshonae Mills is just out for a money grab.
When I wrote about the incident yesterday (Woman files civil suit against Santonio Holmes) I was critical of Holmes for putting himself in a bad situation and while that is still the case I have much more information now that leads me to believe he is more of a victim than anything else.
I have spoken with people close to the situation and they all say the same thing, that Miss Mills was harassing Holmes and when Holmes tried to avoid the conflict someone else threw the drink on Miss Mills.
Even after the alleged assault Mills was still trying to cozy up to Holmes. This report from TMZ.com seems to confirm what I have heard independently.
According to the documents obtained by TMZ, an off-duty officer who was working at Club Rain in Orlando on March 7 — the night of the alleged incident — claims he spoke with both Holmes and his accuser, Anshonae Mills, outside the club … and got two completely conflicting stories.
The officer claims Holmes told him that he tried to walk away from a conflict involving a seat in the VIP section when Mills grabbed him by the wrist and called him a “f*ck n*gger.”
Holmes then said that an unknown woman in the club threw the glass that eventually struck Mills in the face.
The officer claims he told Mills that she would need written sworn statements from “everyone” before he could make an arrest. According to the report, Mills then asked the cop if she could talk to Holmes one-on-one and the officer agreed.
The cop says he observed Mills “smiling and rubbing Holmes’ face” during the interaction.
The cop says the two returned 5 minutes later and Mills agreed not to pursue the matter further. The officer says he did notice that Mills did have a small abrasion over her right eye … but she refused medical attention.
This is a totally different situation than Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger admits he was getting down and dirty with a 20 year old in the bathroom.
From everything I have heard Holmes was just trying to have a good time and Miss Mills was the aggressor in the situation. It is unfortunate for Holmes because he is being lumped in with Roethlisberger and that isn’t fair.
It also isn’t fair that Miss Mills two weeks later, after someone has gotten into her ear is now going after Holmes’ pockets.
It makes it difficult for women who have legitimate claims of assault and abuse to come forward and get criminal arrest when it appears only gold diggers are rewarded for inaccurate accusations.
By the way Mills told police she won’t press charges, but she still wants her$15,000.