TMZ is reporting that a California appeals court has ruled in favor of Floyd Mayweather’s ex-girlfriend Josie Harris, allowing her defamation case against him to move forward after the boxer tried to get it thrown out. The suit claims that Mayweather labeled Harris a drug addict in a 2015 interview with Katie Couric when asked about his domestic violence conviction. Floyd denied Harris’ allegations that he beat her, adding, "Did I restrain a woman that was on drugs? Yes, I did."
Mayweather’s domestic violence case came after his son told authorities that he saw his father "hitting and kicking" the mother of three of his kids. His son’s remarks coupled with the discovery of multiple contusions on Harris’s head, face, and left forearm when she was examined in the emergency room are what ultimately led to Floyd getting sentenced to jail time and serving two months behind bars.
The opinion of one of the judges in the appeal argues that the injuries sustained by Harris doesn’t seem to match up with Mayweather’s account of the incident. "Since this evidence is unequivocally at odds with the assertion that Mayweather was simply restraining a drug-addled Harris by only twisting her arm, it may reasonably be inferred that Mayweather acted with malice or reckless disregard of the truth during the Couric interview," court docs read.