The woman, 22-year-old Shakaira Elaine Elie, is already suing O'Quinn. More details below.
Shakaira Elaine Elie, 22, was enjoying a day party with her friends at Trinity Place Bar and Restaurant on May 22 when they noticed a very tall man staring at her, according to a lawsuit filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court.
Unbeknownst to Elie, the 6-foot-10 man was Knicks power forward Kyle O’Quinn.
O’Quinn, 26, of Queens, was with a woman — believed to be his girlfriend — who also allegedly noticed him making googly eyes at Elie and was not paying attention to her, according to the suit’s account.
O'Quinn reportedly tried to talk to Ellie after she left the party, but she refused. This then led to his girlfriend hitting her first.
O’Quinn allegedly jumped in and grabbed Elie by the neck, according to the court documents.
“We find it extremely disturbing that a person with his fame, that young people look up to, would not prevent a fight from happening, but instead would brutally attack, choke and slam her to the ground, not once, but twice,” said Elie’s attorney Marion Conde da Silveira.
Ellie had no idea who O'Quinn was until she looked him up and found it was him. She adds that her purse and wallet were stolen, and that she also went to the hospital for her injuries. O'Quinn has yet to give his side of the story.