Floyd Mayweather hit with $20M defamation lawsuit by ex-girlfriend

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Fresh off of his victory in the ring against Manny Pacquiao, boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is facing another battle, this one in the legal system.

Mayweather has been slapped with a $20 million by his ex-girlfriend Josie Harris, who claims Mayweather defamed her during an April interview with Katie Couric.

In the suit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Harris, who has three children with Mayweather, claims that the boxer falsely painted her as a drug abuser while discussing a 2010 domestic violence incident against Harris.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 01: Boxer Floyd Maywether Jr. is handcuffed at the Clark County Regional Justice Center as he surrenders to serve a three-month jail sentence at theÊClark County Detention CenterÊon June 1, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ÊMayweather pleaded guilty in December to attacking his ex-girlfriend while two of their children watched in September 2010. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 01: Boxer Floyd Maywether Jr. is lead away in handcuffs at the Clark County Regional Justice Center as he surrenders to serve a three-month jail sentence at theÊClark County Detention CenterÊon June 1, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ÊMayweather pleaded guilty in December to attacking his ex-girlfriend while two of their children watched in September 2010. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
Floyd Mayweather Jr., right, walks into court escorted by his attorney Karen Winckler, center, and 50 Cent, left, to begin his 90-day jail term, Friday, June 1, 2012, in Las Vegas. The undefeated five-division champion surrendered Friday before the judge who sentenced him in December for attacking his ex-girlfriend in September 2010 while two of their children watched. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, has his tie adjusted by his manager Leonard Ellerbe while waiting for sentencing in Clark County District Court, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, in Las Vegas. Mayweather was sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to reduced battery domestic violence and harassment charges. The 34-year-old was also ordered to complete 100 hours of community service and pay a $2,500 fine. The plea deal avoids trial on felony allegations that he hit his ex-girlfriend and threatened two of their children during an argument at her home in September 2010. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., right, is directed by the bailiff while appearing in district court, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, in Las Vegas. Mayweather's attorney sought to have his preliminary hearing postponed. Mayweather is accused of hitting and threatening his ex-girlfriend and threatening to beat two of their children during a pre-dawn argument at the woman's home in September.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., center, escorted by unidentified friends, exits the Clark County Detention Center after posting bail on a grand larceny charge stemming from a domestic violence complaint, Friday, Sept. 10, 2010 in Las Vegas. Mayweather's lawyer, Richard Wright, says the charge stems from an allegation that Mayweather took an iPhone from Josie Harris, his ex-girlfriend and mother of three of his children. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 23: Delicia Cordon, Doralie Medina and Floyd Mayweather attend a Memorial Day weekend party at Prive at the TW Theatre on May 23, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Prince Williams/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 23: Delicia Cordon, Doralie Medina and Floyd Mayweather attend a Memorial Day weekend party at Prive at the TW Theatre on May 23, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Prince Williams/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 23: Delicia Cordon, Doralie Medina and Floyd Mayweather attend a Memorial Day weekend party at Prive at the TW Theatre on May 23, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Prince Williams/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 23: Delicia Cordon, Doralie Medina and Floyd Mayweather attend a Memorial Day weekend party at Prive at the TW Theatre on May 23, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Prince Williams/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 03: Floyd Mayweather Jr. reacts to a unanimous decision ruling over Marcos Maidana during their WBC/WBA welterweight unification fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 04: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. attends a press conference after his bout with Marcos Rene Maidana at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on May 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 3: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (green/white flag trunks) celebrates his 12 round majority decision win over Marcos Maidana (blue trunks) in their WBA/WBC welterweight unification fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Golden Boy/Golden Boy via Getty Images)
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"Mayweather knowingly and maliciously lied about his beating of Harris, disclaiming any responsibility for the attack and Harris' resulting serious injuries," the suit reads, "Instead, Mayweather pointed his finger at Harris, labeling her as a drug abuser and an aggressor who the world-class boxer had to 'restrain.'"

In 2011, Mayweather was sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to a battery domestic violence charge in relation to the 2010 incident, which took place in front of two of their children.

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"Did I kick, stomp and beat someone? No, that didn't happen. I look in your face and say, 'No, that didn't happen,'" Mayweather told Couric during the interview, the lawsuit notes. "Did I restrain a woman that was on drugs? Yes, I did. So if they say that's domestic violence, then, you know what? I'm guilty. I'm guilty of restraining someone."

Harris' lawsuit characterizes Mayweather's account as "totally and unequivocally false and defamatory. The true facts are that Harris was not a drug abuser or drug addict. Harris did not need to be 'restrained' because she was on drugs."

The suit continues, "[Mayweather's] statements paint a clear picture that Harris lied when she told the police that Mayweather repeatedly struck and beat her."

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Not only did Mayweather's statements result in "severe" damage to Harris' personal reputation, the suit claims, but they harmed her professionally as well.

"As an aspiring television personality and author, Harris would become unemployable and unpublishable if potential employers or publishers believe that she is, or even might be, a drug abuser or addict, as Mayweather implies in the interview," the suit reads.

A spokesperson for Mayweather has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment.

Alleging defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent infliction of emotional address, Harris claims that she's suffered humiliation, mental anguish and emotional and physical distress, which the complaint says is "believed to be in excess of Twenty Million Dollars ($20,000,000)."

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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