Boxing superstar Sergey Kovalev has been charged with felony assault for allegedly punching a woman in the face back in June — but he claims he’s not guilty … TMZ Sports has learned.
Here’s what we know … the Russian fighter was arrested in Big Bear, CA on June 9 after a woman told police the former light heavyweight champion socked her in the face, causing serious injuries.
Sources connected to the case tell us … the woman is claiming Kovalev had hit on her at a party earlier in the evening but rejected his advances. She claims Sergey and a friend followed her back to her cabin and that’s where the alleged attack occurred.
We’re told the woman claims she suffered major injuries including a severely broken nose, a concussion and a displaced disk in her neck.
FYI, Kovalev earned his nickname “Krusher” for his devastating punching power. 28 of his 32 wins have come by way of knockout.
Cops tell TMZ Sports … they began searching for Kovalev immediately and arrested him a short time later.
He was charged with assault by means of force likely to cause great bodily injury — which carries a maximum sentence of 4 years in prison.
Kovalev appeared in court and entered a not guilty plea.
What’s interesting … Kovalev fought Eleider Álvarez in August — just 2 months after the arrest — and lost in a shocking upset.
Kovalev is due back in court in March. He also has a rematch with Alvarez lined up for Feb. 2.
We’ve reached out to Kovalev for comment — so far, no word back.
Former “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star Benzino has copped a plea deal in his felony drug case out of Georgia, and avoided jail time as a result … TMZ has learned.
A rep for the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office tells TMZ … Raymond Scott (Benzino’s real name) pled guilty to all 3 charges he was facing Thursday morning. We’re told he was sentenced to 2 years probation and fined $ 500 … plus surcharges.
We broke the story … the music producer was arrested in January 2017 after cops raided his ATL apartment and found drugs inside. He was charged with felony possession of THC oil gummies (22 grams), felony possession of 6 MDMA pills, and misdemeanor possession of less than an ounce of weed.
We talked to Benzino about the case last month, and he told us the search warrant cops used to get into his pad was illegal … even though a judge signed off on it. He was adamant that racist police officers were behind the trumped-up charges, and at the time … told us he was gonna fight it in court.
If he’d been convicted on all charges during his trial, he would’ve faced up to 15 years in prison. Looks like he had a change of heart.
Daz Dillinger has been indicted on 2 felony drug charges for the marijuana bust that went down at his Georgia home … TMZ has learned.
We’re told Tha Dogg Pound rapper was indicted back in December for possessing over an ounce of weed and also liquid THC. Both charges are felonies, and Daz is now facing as much as 25 years, if he’s convicted.
Daz was originally facing 13 felony drug charges after cops say they found 117 grams of ganja, including in several cigarillo packets and a green mason jar, and a bunch of THC oil during the September bust at his home in Powder Springs — about 20 miles outside Atlanta.
We’re told prosecutors decided to pursue just the 2 charges, instead of 13.
Ex-NFL wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was arrested on a felony drug possession charge in Missouri on Wednesday, TMZ Sports has learned.
Details surrounding the arrest are unclear (we’re working on it) but we know the 25-year-old was also hit with a resisting arrest charge.
Green-Beckham was hauled to a police station in Springfield where he was booked and locked up. As of this post, he’s still behind bars.
It’s just the latest legal issue for a guy who had potential to be a huge NFL star. As we previously reported, Dorial was arrested for DWI last year while picking up a friend who had just been busted for drunk driving.
Green-Beckham was one of the top high school WRs ever — but never reached his potential in college or the NFL due to off-the-field issues.
He was drafted by the Titans in the 2nd round of the 2015 Draft but didn’t last there long. The Eagles picked him up in 2016 and he played 1 season — racking up 36 catches for 392 yards and 2 TDs.
The Eagles released him before the 2017 season.