Jay Mariotti case: Stalking and assault allegations are ‘lies,’ attorney says
The attorney for former ESPN sports personality Jay Mariotti strongly denied new felony stalking and assault allegations against him, calling them "fabrications" that will be disproved in court.
"These allegations are complete fabrications, made by an accuser who, since October of last year, has doggedly tried to have Mr. Marriotti arrested and charged on numerous past occasions without success," said Mariotti's attorney, Shawn Holley.
"We look forward to our day in court, where these outrageous falsehoods will be exposed as the lies that they are."
Mariotti pleaded not guilty Wednesday to three felony counts of stalking, domestic violence and assault, as well as two misdemeanor counts of disobeying a court order.
Prosecutors say he confronted his ex-girlfriend the same day a court ordered him to stay away from her. In addition, they say he argued with his former girlfriend again outside a Venice restaurant April 15. He allegedly pulled a chunk of her hair out and grabbed her cellphone while shouting at her, prosecutors said.
Mariotti remains on probation in connection with a misdemeanor domestic-violence case from August 2010. In that case, he pleaded no contest, and six other misdemeanor counts -- four domestic-violence-related counts, and charges of grand theft and false imprisonment -- were dismissed.
Mariotti, a former sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, appeared frequently on ESPN's "Around the Horn." He has not contributed to ESPN since his arrest.
His next court date is scheduled for June 1.
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Jay Mariotti, top right, appears on ESPN's "Around the Horn." Credit: ESPN