COLUMBIA — The ex-girlfriend of suspended MU tailback Derrick Washington told police that the latest instance of abuse was just one of multiple occasions that Washington harmed her during their relationship, according to police reports.
Washington was arrested early Sunday morning in his home on suspicion of third-degree domestic assault. The arrest occurred just weeks after he was charged with deviate sexual assault.
According to the police report, the victim, identified only as G.R., said that Washington assaulted her at least seven times during their three-year relationship, usually occurring after he had been drinking alcohol. The victim’s friend and neighbor, identified only as L.T., confirmed this, stating she had seen G.R. with scratches and swollen eyes while the victim was in a relationship with Washington.
The latest instance was the most severe, the victim said in the police report.
According to the police report, the dispute began after Washington picked up his ex-girlfriend from a bar and drove her to her residence. The two began arguing after Washington spit on her dishes, prompting the victim to demand “at least 50 times” that he leave. After repeatedly refusing to leave, Washington grabbed her by the throat, forced her into her bedroom and onto her bed. He then pinned her down, struck her multiple times in the face and forcibly pressed two fingers down on her eyes.
The physical examination of the victim’s injuries, including hemorrhaging in her left eye, is consistent with her story, the report said.
Washington maintained his innocence in a statement given to police, saying, “I did not hit her because if I did, she would still be asleep.”
Neither Washington nor his lawyer, Chris Slusher, could be reached for comment.