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Civil suit in Louisiana accuses Junior Galette of physical, emotional abuse

Saints Galette Arrest

In a photo provided by the Kenner Police Department, New Orleans Saints linebacker Junior Galette appears in a police photo in Kenner, La. Galette was arrested Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in a domestic violence case in which a woman says her face was scratched and her ear bloodied after an earring was ripped off. Galette was booked with misdemeanor simple battery stemming from the disturbance at the player’s house in Kenner, a New Orleans suburb. (AP Photo/Kenner Police Department)

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Saints linebacker Junior Galette was arrested earlier this year on a misdemeanor battery charge after an incident with a woman at his home in Louisiana and now a civil suit has been filed by the same woman alleging physical and emotional abuse over a two-year period.

According to the suit, the 22-year-old woman lived with Galette for two years in “open concubinage” and that he forced her “to undertake certain acts of employment and to perform certain acts that were demeaning, degrading and against her will.” Galette has denied living with the woman, who claims that Galette and other unnamed members of the Saints groped her when she was drugged among other offenses.

Galette’s attorney Ralph Whalen shared a letter with the New Orleans Times-Picayune that was sent by the woman’s attorney Joe Raspanti offering to keep the case out of the courts in exchange for $2 million, an overture that Whalen termed a “shakedown.” Raspanti took issue with the public release of “settlement negotiations” and called Whalen’s response “an attempt to distort” the real issues at play.

The Saints had no comment on the lawsuit and General Manager Mickey Loomis said in January that the team plans to let the case run its course before taking any action.