(CBS) — Henry Melton’s legal troubles stemming from a December bar fight are far from over.
The free agent defensive tackle was charged with misdemeanor assault and public intoxication after getting arrested Dec. 22 in Grapevine, Tex., but now he’s being sued for over $1 million.
According to WFAA-TV, Donald Payne, the owner of Chill, the bar where the incident occurred, alleges that Melton bit him during the fight. Video of the fight has surfaced and he’s now seeking monetary relief “in a sum greater than $1 million,” according to court documents.
Attorney Darren Wolf, who represents Payne, said Melton was asked to leave the bar and “his belligerence and unruliness turned into violence.” The lawsuit also alleges that Melton was telling restaurant workers that he “was a millionaire and the bartenders were nothing but poor white trash.”
Melton’s agent, Jordan Woy, denies the claim and says his client was attacked. He gave WFFA-TV the following statement:
“We have recently reviewed the lawsuit and do not believe the validity of the allegations made. We look forward to providing the true facts in court and will defend this matter vigorously. We will seek to hold The Chill and others accountable for any and all damages Henry has suffered at the hands of multiple men who attacked him.”
Melton went to high school in Grapevine, Tex., but Payne claims he did not know who Melton was until after the incident.