Dwight Howard Denies Menacing Masin Elije Over Speaking Out About An Alleged Relationship; Countersuing Him For $10 Million
Dwight Howard is disputing a YouTube star’s claims that he threatened his life after he refused to sign an NDA about their alleged relationship – and is now countersuing him for $10 million.
That’s according to the NBA star’s response to Masin Elije’s suit for assault, infliction of emotional distress and more after he said Howard and his cronies began menacing him when he refused to sign an NDA about their alleged relationship.
Howard also countersued Elije – the author of the ‘hood novel “Industry Hoe” – for libel, slander, invasion of privacy and abusive litigation, according to court docs obtained by BOSSIP.
Howard said there is no truth to Elije’s claims and his accuser doesn’t deserve a penny from the lawsuit, Howard’s court papers, which were obtained by BOSSIP, state. The athlete said Elije’s complaint doesn’t have viable legal claims, that Elije never officially served him and any alleged injuries were caused by his own negligence.
Howard said Elije – whose real name is Maurice Singletary – has launched a campaign of harassment and intimidation against him on social media, and included what he said were untrue tweets purportedly from Elije with quotes like:
“I was afraid to speak but today my life was threatened after I was sexually harassed, threatened and manipulated by someone I respected, my ex-boyfriend NBA player Dwight Howard and his camp also ‘catfished’ by his disrespectful a** PASTOR (sic).”
Howard said Elije was lying when he claimed on Twitter that they had an intimate relationship that only ended when he found out Howard cheated at “transgender sex parties,” and damaged to his reputation and exposed him to contempt and ridicule.
“Mr. Howard is an upstanding citizen in all respects,” Howard’s counterclaim says. “Unfortunately, his public life and generosity have made him the target of the plaintiff as unrelenting and hostile smear campaign. And Maurice Singletary continues to aggressively harass, threaten, call and text Mr. Howard and besmirch his reputation on various social media platforms.”
Howard’s lawyer said Elije may have been motivated to put out a false narrative about the NBA star in order to drum up publicity around his book, according to Howard’s counterclaim. Elije has not yet responded to Howard’s answer and countersuit.
Howard has played for 15 seasons in the NBA and recently announced plans that he’d be back for a second year with the Washington Wizards under a deal worth $5.6 million.
Howard wants $10 million, Elije’s case dismissed, a judge to force Elije to remove the social media posts about him and a jury trial for his countersuit.