Although Kenner police briefly jailed him on suspicion of domestic violence on Jan. 5, Junior Galette and another man arrested with him both denied that the New Orleans Saints’ star pass rusher ever put his hands on the accuser once the argument at the center of the case began, according to a report released to the public Tuesday.
Only the second man, Terrance Banks, ever came into contact with the woman who called police that day, both men said in the report.
Meanwhile, a week after he and Galette were arrested and posted bond, Banks and two other people were arrested on counts of illegal drug possession while driving Galette’s Mercedes-Benz around Kenner, according to a separate report released Tuesday. Galette is mentioned in the second arrest report because he had to go pick up his car after police took Banks and the others into custody, but he was not there when they were apprehended.
On the day Galette was arrested, police said they responded to a disturbance at Galette’s home in the 4400 block of Rue De La Harbor in the Place Pontchartrain subdivision. The woman who summoned police to the residence told officers that Galette, 26, and Banks, 27 — who has been described as Galette’s cousin — had “jumped” her.
The woman, 22, who claimed to have lived with Galette for more than two years, said the Saints player and Banks attacked her after they told her to leave the home and refused to give her cab money. Police said the woman had visible injuries and was bleeding because an earring had been ripped out; they also said she had been scratched in the face and the neck.
Galette and Banks contradicted that in their accounts, cited by police in their report. Galette said the woman has never lived with him. At a news conference on Jan. 5, police said the Saints player described her as a “dancer” he had invited over. He said she came to his house on Jan. 4 and ended up spending the night before he told her to leave.
After the disagreement over cab money, both Galette and the woman said, she armed herself with a knife at one point, and he began recording her with his cellphone. In their report, police said they recovered two videos Galette captured, and both showed the woman holding a knife, repeatedly asking that the police be called and requesting that her cellphone be returned to her.
Galette told police that he never touched the woman — that only Banks did as he scooped her up and placed her outside the home when she dropped the knife. Banks said the same thing.
Nonetheless, police booked Galette on simple battery related to domestic abuse. Banks, a former college football teammate of Galette’s, was booked on simple battery. They bailed themselves out for the misdemeanor violations later that same day.
In their report, police noted that a third man and two other women — one of whom was described as Galette’s girlfriend — were in the Saints player’s house when officers arrived. They also noted the presence of a pit bull. The report did not name the people or say whether they were questioned.
However, in a statement he released through local defense attorney Ralph Whalen on Jan. 6, Galette blamed the woman’s injuries on the dog, and he asserted the witnesses in the house would support his version of events.
Banks’ legal problems in Kenner didn’t end there. About 4:50 a.m. Jan. 12, he was driving Galette’s car in the 3500 block of Loyola Drive when an officer spotted the vehicle’s “extremely dark-tinted windows,” police said in a report. The officer stopped the car and “immediately detected the strong odor of marijuana,” police said.
After a second officer appeared on the scene, police had Banks as well as passengers Anthony Ferla, 27, and Brittany Jackson, 21, get out of the Mercedes. The officers found about a tenth of a gram of “green vegetable matter” that tested positive for marijuana in one of the seats.
Banks, Ferla and Jackson all were arrested, and Galette was called to pick up his car.
Police alleged that they discovered Ferla had the pharmaceutical suboxone without a valid prescription in his belongings and that Banks had three small bags of marijuana weighing a total of more than 10 grams hidden behind his scrotum.
Police booked Banks, Ferla and Jackson on possession of marijuana. Ferla was booked on an additional count of illegally possessing a controlled substance. Police on Tuesday could not say whether Ferla and Jackson were at Galette’s house on the day the Saints player and Banks were arrested there.
In 2014, his fifth year with the Saints, Galette led New Orleans’ defense in sacks with 10. He had 12 sacks in 2013 as New Orleans got to the divisional round of the playoffs, and he became the first Saint in a decade to reach double digits in that statistical category in consecutive seasons. Despite that, the Saints in 2014 gave up the second-most yards in the NFL, finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs.
The Saints in early September gave Galette a four-year, $41.5 million deal that could keep him under contract through 2019.
His first court appearance in Kenner is tentatively set for Feb. 26.