Galette lawyer: Alleged female victim was hurt by dog
METAIRIE - A lawyer for Saints linebacker Junior Galette says a woman accusing the player of battery had her earring ripped out and was scratched by a dog that was reacting to her yelling.
Galette and his cousin, Terrance Banks of Newark, New Jersey, were arrested Monday after a 22-year-old woman alleged the men assaulted her during an argument at Galette's home.
Attorney Ralph Whalen says four witnesses, including Galette's girlfriend, and a video recording corroborate the player's version of events.
Whalen says the case does not constitute domestic violence because the accuser is not in a relationship with Galette, does not live with him and because "there was no battery committed" by Galette.
General manager Mickey Loomis says the club plans to let the legal process "run its course."