- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles judge has thrown out part of a lawsuit claiming Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Dennis Northcutt arranged the beating of his pregnant ex-girlfriend.

A Superior Court judge says Sharri Henry cannot seek punitive damages against the Hollywood nightclub where she says she was assaulted last May.

The judge on Tuesday did allow Henry to pursue liability claims against the Falcon Club but says she must bolster another claim of negligent hiring, giving her lawyers 10 days to amend the complaint.

Henry also has sued Northcutt, alleging he arranged for his bodyguard, who was his cousin, to hit her in the face and disfigure her while she was four months pregnant. She later gave birth to a boy.

Northcutt has denied wrongdoing.

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