Explaining that his client “has been uncooperative and inaccessible,” the lawyer representing the woman suing New Orleans Saints player Junior Galette has filed a motion to withdraw from the case, court records show.
Attorney Joseph Raspanti’s motion — filed Friday — nonetheless said the woman’s case “has merit” and that she had indicated she would work with a new lawyer. It wasn’t clear on Monday who that lawyer might be.
Raspanti additionally requested the postponement of an April 6 hearing in the civil case against Galette because the lawyer is hoping to be allowed participate in his son’s wedding at that time.
Jefferson Parish Judicial District Court Judge Donald “Donnie” Rowan had not ruled on either of Raspanti’s requests on Monday. Raspanti declined to comment beyond his filings.
In the lawsuit pending against him, Galette is essentially accused of trapping a woman in an abusive relationship over the course of a couple of years. The woman also claims she was drugged and sexually assaulted at Galette’s house.
Galette’s lawyer, Ralph Whalen, countered in a filing that the lawsuit against the Saints player failed to provide precise dates, times or places for some of the alleged conduct. Without that, Whalen argued, Galette can’t realistically be expected to mount a meaningful defense, so the case should be dismissed.
Galette has consistently denied any wrongdoing. The only allegation on which Kenner police ever booked him was municipal simple battery related to domestic violence, a count that came after officers responded to a Jan. 5 altercation involving the plaintiff at his home.
Another man, Terrance Banks, described as a cousin and former college football teammate of Galette, also was arrested Jan. 5 on a municipal count of simple battery. However, Banks was not named as a defendant in the woman’s lawsuit.
Kenner city prosecutors on Feb. 19 declined to pursue a criminal case against either Banks or Galette related to the disturbance at the Saints player’s home. The woman filed her suit hours before Kenner prosecutors announced their decision regarding Galette and Banks.
During the 2014 NFL season, Galette led a 7-9 Saints team that missed the playoffs in quarterback sacks with 10.