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Randy Moss Restraining Order

Florida woman claims New England Patriots star beat her this month

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Randy Moss Restraining Order

JANUARY 16--Into every perfect season some rain must fall: A Florida woman claims that New England Patriots star Randy Moss beat her earlier this month and kept her from seeking medical attention.

On Monday, Rachelle Washington secured a temporary restraining order against the wide receiver in Broward County Circuit Court (a copy of Washington's TRO petition can be found here). Washington, 35, alleges that she was battered by Moss in her Fort Lauderdale home on Sunday, January 6 (the Patriots did not play that weekend due to the team's opening round bye in the NFL playoffs).

Washington contends that she has had an 'intimate relationship' with the 30-year-old athlete since 1997. In the 'lethality assessment' section of a court form, she checked off boxes indicating that Moss has guns and a 'drug or alcohol problem.'

The restraining order case, which is classified as a 'dating violence' matter in court records, is scheduled for a January 28 court hearing. Until then, the TRO bars Moss from coming within 500 feet of Washington, her home, and her auto.

Moss, who this year set the single season record for touchdown receptions, today denied assaulting Washington, claiming that her charges were a bid to extort money from him. (7 pages)