Saints player Junior Galette says the lawsuit accusing him of trapping a woman in an abusive relationship should be dismissed if the plaintiff — who also claims she was drugged and sexually assaulted at his house — can’t supply more specifics backing up her allegations.
If the woman pursuing the lawsuit doesn’t say when — or in some instances where — Galette’s misconduct supposedly occurred, he can’t meaningfully defend himself against the accusations, his lawyer, Ralph Whalen, wrote in a Jefferson Parish court filing released Friday.
“The plaintiff does not provide dates, times or places for (some of) the alleged conduct,” said Whalen’s filing, which is the first time Galette has responded in court to the lawsuit. “These (specifics) are necessary in order to permit the defendant to file a meaningful answer to the allegations.”
Whalen asked that the woman — whom The New Orleans Advocate is not naming — be ordered to show by April 6 why Galette’s requests should not be granted.
Galette, now a resident of Kenner, is accused in the lawsuit of “physical abuse, mental and psychological abuse, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment, defamation, alienation of the affection of others, cruelty, isolation, human trafficking ... and simple rape.”
Galette has consistently denied any wrongdoing.
The only allegation on which Kenner police ever booked him was municipal simple battery related to domestic violence; that came after they responded to a Jan. 5 altercation at his home involving the plaintiff.
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.
Hours before it was announced that neither Banks nor Galette would be prosecuted, the woman filed a suit alleging that she and Galette lived together in “open concubinage” for two years at various residences.
The lawsuit alleges that “on more than one occasion” another, unnamed Saints player “repeatedly touched and penetrated plaintiff’s vagina with his hand while she was drugged by defendant and/or his agents while attending parties at the defendant’s residence.”
One of the pieces of information the lawsuit asks Galette to surrender is the name of everyone who attended any parties at his house after Saints games during the 2014 season, when he led a 7-9 team in quarterback sacks with 10.