Video shows Rutgers’ Leonte Carroo is innocent of assault, lawyer says
Rutgers football player Leonte Carroo's lawyer says there is cell phone video that will clear his client.
Attorney William Fetky tells NorthJersey.com that the cell phone video will show it was Carroo's friend Shane Turner who pushed the 20-year-old victim to the ground. And Fetky says the video will show that the Bergen County woman making the allegations is the aggressor, not the victim.
“The only thing Leonte did was go into the melee and grab Maria (Carroo's current girlfriend) and take her away from the assault, and police know that,” he is quoted saying.
Lavern Carroo, Leonte's mother, and two others were charged by the Rutgers University Police Department with simple assault and disorderly conduct related to an incident, according to a report on NJ.com. Also charged were Vega, 20, and her father, Juan Vega, 52.
The victim applied to the court Wednesday for a permanent restraining order against Carroo and stands by her story, reports NJ.com.
Rutgers University Police Capt. Kenneth Cop had said in a statement that Carroo, 21, was arrested by the Rutgers University Police Department and charged with simple assault under domestic violence.
In the incident, the 6-foot-1, 215 pound wide receiver from Edison is accused of “picking her up and slamming her down on a concrete surface, injuring her left hip, both palms, left elbow and left side of the head,” according to a complaint filed with Piscataway Municipal Court.
Carroo has pleaded not guilty and been released on $1,000 bail. He due in court on Oct. 1, and remains on indefinite suspension from the football team.
Toniann Antonelli contributed to this report.