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UCLA basketball: Nikola Dragovic's assault case continued to March 15

February 1, 2010 |  2:21 pm
Nikola A preliminary hearing for UCLA forward Nikola Dragovic and his roommate, Aleksandar Stanisic, has been continued to March 15. The two are facing assault charges stemming from an incident after a concert on Oct. 24.

Jon Artz, an attorney for both defendants, said that security cameras at the Henry Fonda Theater show that Dragovic did not throw a punch during the altercation but “bearhugged” the alleged victim, with the two crashing into a glass case.

“The tape clearly shows Dragovic hugging the guy, not pushing him,” Artz said.

The alleged victim later acknowledged to an investigator for the defense that he was drunk and had made threats, Artz said.

The incident occurred after the alleged victim became upset, believing Stanisic was flirting with his girlfriend, Artz said, Words were exchanged, and the victim allegedly slapped Stanisic, at which point Dragovic stepped in, the attorney said.

“The guy slapped his roommate and said [in Serbian], ‘I’m going to kill you and eat you for breakfast,'” Artz said.

Dragovic and Stanisic left, but a confrontation occurred outside the theater, Artz said.

-- Chris Foster

Chris.foster@latimes.com

Twitter.com/cfosterlatimes

Photo: Nikola Dragovic, left, looks to pass the ball as Arizona State's Jamelle McMillan defends during a game on Dec. 31. Credit: Gary A. Vasquez / US Presswire

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