Former 49er Ray McDonald charged with domestic violence
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former San Francisco 49er defensive tackle Ray McDonald was charged with domestic violence and false imprisonment in connection with allegations he assaulted his ex-fiancee while she held their 2-month-old child, prosecutors said Thursday.
The Santa Clara County district attorney's office said McDonald was scheduled to be arraigned later in the day on those charges and additional charges of child endangerment and violating a court order stemming from the same incident.
A call to McDonald's attorney, Steve Defilippis, was not immediately returned.
Prosecutors said McDonald broke into the woman's bedroom around 4 a.m. on May 25 and assaulted her while his driver tried to stop him and she tried to get away. They said he eventually left the scene, but then returned as police were interviewing the woman, whom authorities haven't identified, before his driver sped away.
McDonald was arrested later that morning. He was arrested again two days later when police and the woman arrived at the home to find McDonald there in violation of a restraining order, prosecutors said.
Defilippis told the San Jose Mercury News at the time that neither he nor his client had been notified about the restraining order.
Citing a pattern of behavior and off-field issues, the 49ers released McDonald on Dec. 17. He was released by the Chicago Bears after his May 25 arrest.
The 49ers let McDonald go just a month after Santa Clara County prosecutors declined to file charges against him in a separate domestic violence investigation stemming from an arrest on Aug. 31 while celebrating his 30th birthday at his home.
Prosecutors cited conflicting versions of what happened, a lack of verifiable eyewitnesses and a lack of cooperation by the alleged victim, McDonald's then-fiancee, in explaining their decision.
In June, a judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit McDonald filed against a woman who accused him of rape.
McDonald says security camera footage will show a consensual sexual encounter occurred in his hot tub.
Police say the woman doesn't recall any sexual encounters and reported blacking out after drinking alcohol and falling at McDonald's home. She said she went to police after waking up naked next to McDonald.
The Santa Clara County district attorney is looking at the case.
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