Former Florida State offensive lineman Jauan Williams, who’s planning to switch, is dealing with misdemeanor battery prices that he struck his then-girlfriend two years in the past, allegations he vehemently denies.
Williams, 23, was arrested Wednesday in Tallahassee on two prices that he struck Lauren Noel throughout fights within the spring of 2018 during which the police have been referred to as, courtroom paperwork present. He was launched early Thursday on $500 bail.
Noel initially denied being struck in each instances, however the investigation was reopened final yr after Noel contacted police saying Williams had despatched her video of her having intercourse with one other man, Tallahasse police say within the courtroom paperwork. They are saying Noel supplied photographs of bruises and textual content messages between her and Williams that help her allegations that he did strike her.
Williams angrily informed The Related Press in a telephone interview Thursday that he and Noel argued however that he by no means hit her. He accused Noel of attempting to destroy his picture as he prepares to switch to a different faculty for his ultimate school season.
“I didn’t do something. I’ve a lot disbelief, a lot confusion. She is attempting to kill my profession,” Williams mentioned. He mentioned that as a 6-foot-7 (2-meter), 310-pound (141-kilogram) soccer participant, if he had struck Noel it might have been apparent to the cops who interviewed her minutes after the 2018 arguments cited within the studies.
Florida State declined remark, saying in an e-mail that Williams is not a part of the crew. A telephone quantity for Noel couldn’t be situated.
Based on arrest affidavits filed by Tallahassee police Investigator Charzetta Felton-Stevens, officers have been referred to as to Williams’ condominium in Could 2018 due to a loud argument. Officer Rod Miller wrote in his report that when he arrived he might hear Williams and Noel arguing and didn’t cease regardless of his loud knocks till he kicked the door. When Williams answered, he was “sweating profusely and appeared confused about why I used to be on the condominium,” Miller wrote in 2018.
Williams and Noel informed officers in separate interviews that that they had been arguing, however mentioned nobody had been struck. Noel informed officers Williams had been offended as a result of she purchased meals for herself however not him. He started overturning tables and chairs and throwing gadgets, however not at her, she mentioned. Officers mentioned Noel had a small scratch on her neck, however she mentioned it hadn’t come from Williams.
Felton-Stevens mentioned Noel final yr informed her that Williams had choked her, spit on her and dragged her throughout the ground. Felton-Stevens mentioned Noel shared textual content messages between her and Williams from that 2018 evening the place she wrote that she lied to officers about bruises and cuts and hid marijuana from them. Noel texted Williams photographs of bruises on her chin, her arms, torso and legs that she accused him of inflicting, Felton-Stevens wrote.
“I LIED TO SAVE YOU,” Noel wrote.
Williams in his return texts by no means acknowledged the photographs, however mentioned he was disillusioned in himself, including, “Possibly I’m not the individual I assumed I’m.”
About three weeks later, in June 2018, police have been referred to as to Noel’s condominium after she refused to let Williams inside and he went to the workplace to get a key, which the workers refused to provide him. Noel got here to the workplace and the 2 argued earlier than Noel headed again to her unit. The condominium complicated workers referred to as police after they mentioned Williams adopted Noel they usually appeared to combat over the door to her condominium. They thought he could have grabbed her.
An officer arrived and Noel informed him she had not been struck. She once more had a mark on her neck, however informed the officer Williams had not prompted it and refused to cooperate.
Noel informed Felton-Stevens final yr she had refused to let Williams inside her condominium as a result of he had punched her within the face earlier that day.
Williams was closely recruited out of Washington, D.C., in 2016, however performed sparingly at Florida State due to accidents. He began two video games final season.