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Ex-Nets player Darius Morris says assault accuser sent him death threats

Ex-Brooklyn Nets player Darius Morris has brought counterclaims against his assault accuser claiming she made him fear for his life, including by sending him and his family death threats, new court papers show.

The 30-year-old former NBA player — who also once played for the Los Angeles Lakers — denied Kristen Summer’s allegations that he dragged her by her hair and “violently beat” her as she “begged for her life” in April last year, according to court papers she filed last month as part of her lawsuit.

On Thursday, Morris fired back against Summer, mounting counterclaims of infliction of emotional distress and defamation.

Morris claims that Summer has made him “fear for his safety” and has caused him “severe emotional distress including death threats to him and his family,” the papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court allege.

Summer also made false statements about him, including in her April lawsuit, which have defamed him and hurt his reputation, the court documents allege. And she interfered with his contracts to play pro ball “overseas, in the NBA league and G league,” the filing claims.

Darius Morris
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Morris is seeking unspecified damages, including for the cost of attorney’s fees he’ll incur as he fights the suit.

Summer’s lawyer did not immediately return a request for comment.

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