Floyd Mayweather Faces $20 Million Defamation Lawsuit From Ex Josie Harris

Floyd Mayweather Faces $20 Million Defamation Lawsuit From Ex Josie Harris
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at the DeWalt event on June 29, 2011 DEWALT POWER TOOLS FIGHT NIGHT CLUB 2010 / Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

After his much-criticized victory against Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather himself now faces a lawsuit filed by the mother of his three children.


The defamation lawsuit claims Mayweather lied during a recent interview with Katie Couric last month. If won, Josie Harris, the mother of their kids, could be rewarded with $20 million.

Floyd, fresh from his big payday after earning an incredible amount of money from his fight against Pacquiao, allegedly lied in the interview by saying he never beat Harris but only restrained her as she was on drugs.

“Did I kick, stomp, and beat someone? No, that didn’t happen,” he said during the interview with Yahoo’s Katie Couric. “Did I restrain a woman that was on drugs? Yes, I did. So if they say that’s domestic violence, then, you know what? I’m guilty. I’m guilty of restraining someone.”

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After being arrested in September 2010, he pleaded guilty 14 months later, resulting in a lesser charge of misdemeanor battery and harassment of two counts. He served two months in jail.

According to a report from TMZ, the lawsuit claims that Floyd’s statements “were knowingly fabricated in order to hype Mayweather’s upcoming fight with Pacquiao, to avoid bad press by deflecting responsibility for beating the mother of his children.”

The news comes around the same time his opponent Pacquiao also received a lawsuit over his injured shoulder.