Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati charged with battery, stalking
Misdemeanor charges filed after confrontations with ex-boyfriend, police say
March 21, 2013
By Brett Clarkson
Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati has been ordered to appear in a Palm Beach County court to answer allegations she sent hundreds of texts to an ex-boyfriend and then punched him four times while he was working out.
The former world No. 1 tennis player was charged with misdemeanor battery and stalking by the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office Tuesday, according to court records.
Capriati, who lives on Singer Island, was sent a summons to appear in county court in Palm Beach Gardens at 9:30 a.m. on April 17.
Prosecutors filed the charges after a series of incidents in which an angry Capriati confronted ex-boyfriend Ivan Dwight Brannan, 28, after they broke up in February 2012.
In addition to the alleged battery, Capriati also sent 283 texts to Brannan between Dec. 25, 2012 and Jan. 8, police said.
Richard Lubin, Capriati’s attorney, blasted the allegations as “nonsense” and said his client will “of course enter a plea of not guilty” when she appears in court.
“Unfortunately, false allegations against celebrities is an almost daily occurrence in this crazy world we live in,” said Lubin, who is based in West Palm Beach. “Jennifer Capriati is innocent of these charges, and we intend to vigorously defend her good name against this nonsense.”
Neither Capriati nor Brannan could be reached for comment Thursday.
But Capriati’s Twitter account appears to show her responses to the situation.
“All of this is absurd,” she tweeted on March 11. “im outraged by the media, by my ex, the false accusations, not being able to say the truth, Lyme disease, my injuries.”
Capriati announced earlier this year on Twitter that she is suffering from Lyme Disease.
That same day, Capriati tweeted, “The only thing i long for is my tennis and I can’t play and that hurts everyday. But I’m blessed and grateful for what I did do and have xo.”
On Valentine’s Day, North Palm Beach police said they responded to the Oxygen Health and Wellness for a report of an assault.
Brannan, also a Singer Island resident, told police that when he was working out, Capriati entered the gym and started screaming at him, police said.
“As the incident escalated Capriati punched Brannan with a closed fist 4 times in his chest,” the report stated.
Brannan’s chest was photographed but there was no video footage of the incident, police said.
Another officer stopped Capriati as she drove away from the gym in a silver Porsche SUV.
Brannan’s co-worker told police that on Jan. 15, Capriati showed up at a business and started yelling and pounding the office window. She said Capriati called the business up to 50 times a day. The business was not named in police reports.