Earlier this year, Josie was found dead from an accidental drug overdose. At the time of her death, Josie was in the middle of a $20 million legal battle with Floyd. The two were scheduled to start trial on December 7, 2020. The trial has been put on hold until someone is put in charge of Josie’s estate.
Back in 2015, Josie sued Floyd accusing him of lying about a domestic violence incident in an infamous Katie Couric interview.
During the interview, Floyd claimed during a 2010 altercation, Josie was high on drugs and he had to be restrained. Josie said the allegation was false and said he violently assaulted her.
Floyd was sentenced to two months behind bars over the alleged assault. Josie had shut down Floyd’s attempts to have the case dismissed several times and was set to face off with him later this year. The original trial date was scheduled for December 7, 2020.
Due to Josie’s death, the lawsuit was put on hold until someone was put in charge of her estate.
Recently, Floyd filed court documents in the case trying to sanction his dead ex. At the time of her death, Josie had yet to respond to Floyd’s questions about drug use in the case. Floyd demanded the court sanction his late ex and her lawyer $9,060 for failing to turn over documents.
In documents, Floyd said, “On or about 3/10/20 Plaintiff died; per the Coroner’s office she overdosed on Fentanyl and Vicodin. Defendant has made diligent inquiries and checked court records to learn if Plaintiff had a will or trust, and whether a representative for Plaintiff’s estate has been appointed. So Far as defendant can determine the answers are no.”
In newly filed documents, Josie’s lawyer call Floyd’s motion seeking sanctions as “malicious and inappropriate.” They say, “Plaintiff Josie Harris died on March 10, 2020. Aware of this fact, knowing that the status of Harris’s estate was unresolved, and in light of the obvious—that Harris could provide no further responses to any discovery requests—Defendant Mayweather still chose to file this (inappropriately consolidated) motion.”
Josie’s lawyers say her kids have yet to take off her estate. They say her kids have told them they do not plan on allowing the lawsuit against Floyd to continue. The documents state, “Each of Harris’s presumed heirs to her estate (i.e. her three children) have informed counsel for Harris that they do not wish to pursue this action against Mayweather on behalf of Harris’s estate should they be appointed as estate representative.”
They are asking the court to deny Floyd’s motion for sanctions.