Gervonta Davis will no longer have to stand trial for the domestic violence battery charge against him from December as it has been dropped by prosecutors.
The 28-year-old American boxing star was arrested and jailed on December 27 in Broward County, Florida, charged with battery causing bodily harm in an altercation with his girlfriend Vanessa Posso – who is also the mother of his second daughter.
The police report alleged that Davis struck a woman on her head with a ‘closed hand type slap’.
It added that this caused her to suffer ‘a small abrasion to the inside of her upper lip’.
He was released from custody on $1,000 bail the next day and hit out in a statement in which he said: “I never put my hands on my child’s mother nor my f***ing daughter. I’m not a monster.”
Posso released a statement of her own soon afterwards, saying she made ‘an unnecessary call to law enforcement’ and wanted to put the situation to bed.
She then made an official legal request for the charge to be dropped which read: “Before me, the undersigned authority, personally appeared, who, after being by me duty sworn, stated the following under oath.
“I have been listed as the purported victim in the above-styled case against my boyfriend, Gervonta Davis, whom I am aware was arrested on December 27, 2022, for domestic battery by the Parkland Police Department.
“Without any hesitation or reservation whatsoever, I want to advise the Court and the State Attorney, that it is my absolute, complete, and full desire that this criminal prosecution be withdrawn and terminated, and that the Office of the State Attorney dismiss any and all such charges against Gervonta Davis.
“I do not want to testify in this case.
“If the charges are dismissed, and this prosecution terminated as I wish, I will not in any way hold the Office of the State Attorney, the Parkland Police Department, or anyone else responsible for dismissing the charges, for any actions of Gervonta Davis or for any other result that may occur following such dismissal.
“I am signing this affidavit of non-prosecution of my own free will, knowingly, freely, voluntarily and intelligently.
“I have not been tricked, coerced or threatened in any way in order to sign this and no promise of any nature has been made in exchange for my execution of this affidavit.”
The prosecution initially opted to proceed despite this, which is to be expected in a domestic violence case, however the charge has now been dropped several months later.
In February 2020, Gervonta was previously arrested and charged in Miami with two misdemeanour counts of simple battery domestic violence on the mother of his first daughter Andretta Smothers at a charity basketball game. A video of this went viral on social media at the time.
The court case relating to that incident dragged on for nearly three years before the prosecution abandoned the charges on December 13, 2022, just before this latest incident.
Davis is currently still serving a 90-day home detention sentence after avoiding jail time earlier this month relating to his hit-and-run crash which injured four people in November 2020.