Odell Beckham Jr. says the man suing him for $15 million over an alleged beatdown at the NFL star’s Los Angeles home is exaggerating his injuries in order to score a payday and believes the medical records prove his case.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the New York Giants star claims Ishmael Temple originally came to him with the “extortionate demand for $999,999 as compensation for less than $19,000 of supposed dental injuries.”
Temple’s injuries came from an incident where he claimed to be assaulted by Beckham’s security team but not Beckham himself. He claimed the assault caused his two front teeth to be chipped and his lip busted, along with his earring ripped out of his ear and his knee was injured.
Temple claimed he spent over $18k on his teeth repairs alone and sued Beckham demanding $15 million in damages.
In his response, Beckham demands the entire case be thrown out of court and refers to himself as “an enticing target for shakedown artists.”
Odell Beckham Jr. maintains the “lawsuit reflects little more than an effort to extort a highly visible athlete by pursuing a windfall settlement of trumped up claims.”
In the documents, Beckham points out that the man detailed a supposed near-death experience and alleged that the injuries he suffered during the altercation left him “in a semi-conscious and visibly bloodied state.”
But Beckham claims the medical records are simply not consistent with the story, saying that the records given to him indicate that the emergency room visit occurred January 17, 2018, three days after the alleged incident that supposedly left him beaten within an inch of his life.
Beckham says Temple didn’t even go to the police to report the alleged assault.
He wants the entire case dismissed and the judge to award him $29k in attorney fees.