Word of the day: “flagellant”, Redskins’ Fred Davis represents himself in court

Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis is representing himself in court against a woman who sued him last year.

33-year-old Makini Chaka fashions herself a “celebrity broker”, meaning she organizes parties for celebrities, in her words.  Luke Mullins of the Washingtonian reports on the trial taking place in a DC superior court.

It’s just all made up and flagellant,” Davis told the judge during an April 10th hearing.

That’s an awfully big word Mr. Davis, but what does it mean?

flagellant [ˈflædʒɪlənt fləˈdʒɛlənt], flagellator [ˈflædʒɪˌleɪtə] n

1. a person who whips himself or others either as part of a religious penance or for sexual gratification

2. (Historical Terms) (often capital) (in medieval Europe) a member of a religious sect who whipped themselves in public

[from Latin flagellāre to whip, from flagellum]
It’s not too late to dial up a lawyer Fred.
Here’s the rundown: on January 10, 2011, Makini R. Chaka, 33, filed a civil complaint against Davis after he allegedly dumped juice on her head and busted her lip at a Washington, DC, nightclub. In court documents and testimony, Chaka accused Davis of assaulting, harassing, and threatening to kill her.

“I am 5’4 inches tall and 110 pounds and am afraid that I will be attacked again by this man whom is 6’4 and 260 pounds,” she said in court documents.

It gets better – Chaka is also representing herself. She somehow was able to obtain a temporary restraining order in January 2011, that she’s claiming he has since violated. On the other side,  Davis is accusing Chaka of procuring prostitutes, an allegation Chaka has denied.  A previous hearing back in April featured an exchange between the budding legal eagle (or Redskin actually) and Chaka on whether she has her hand on a man’s genitals in a photograph. Ladies and gentleman, I flagellantly present Exhibit A…

Davis: “As it shows, you also have your hand on his genitals. I mean why would you take a picture like that?”

Chaka: “I do not. Let’s look closely at the exhibit right here, Judge. Where is my hand placed in this exhibit?”

Judge: “I do not answer questions. . . . The witness does.”

Chaka: “Can you tell me where my hand is actually at in this photo?”

Davis: “It looks like it’s in the genitals to me. I mean your hands are on his genitals. Your hand is on his –”

Chaka: “Objection.”

Trial is set for March 11, 2013.  This is funny stuff. I would love to watch these two go at it in court. It may set the American legal system back a hundred years or so, but oh, what entertainment it will be.

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