Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth slid his debit card into the bra of a waitress and groped her during a private February party at the W Hotel, according to court papers filed Wednesday.
After the waitress told other employees about the incident and Mr. Haynesworth was confronted by hotel security, he offered the defense that he didn’t touch the waitress, adding he doesn’t “even like black girls.”
Prosecutors offered Mr. Haynesworth a plea deal Wednesday, saying they would drop a misdemeanor sexual abuse charge if Mr. Haynesworth agreed to plead guilty to simple assault, according to a plea offer filed in D.C. Superior Court.
Mr. Haynesworth’s attorney, A. Scott Bolden, told the Associated Press his client would not take the deal and planned to fight the charges. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
According to the plea offer, Mr. Haynesworth attended a birthday party at the P.O.V. Lounge on the hotel’s rooftop terrace and called over the waitress in order to pay his more than $800 bill. The waitress arrived with a handful of dirty dishes and explained that she would drop them off before accepting Mr. Haynesworth’s debit card. Insisting that he pay immediately, Mr. Haynesworth tucked the card into the waitress’s bra and began touching her breast after saying something to the effect of “Can I do that?” the documents state.
One witness who saw the exchange thought the waitress had agreed to let Mr. Haynesworth put the card into her bra but that when Mr. Haynesworth went further, she sternly asked him to get his hand out of her bra.
The waitress ran the card, which was declined, and another waitress returned the card.
Mr. Haynesworth, who is in his second year of a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Redskins, left the hotel after paying the bill with a second card.
When officers from the Metropolitan Police Department later interviewed him, he told them, “I know what this is about. She is just upset. I have a white girlfriend. I couldn’t tell you the last time I dated a black girl. She was trying to get with me,” according to the plea offer.