I was afraid of my ex-spouse, my ex’s lawyers argue in a lawsuit that they are seeking to dismiss.
The ex-wife of James Patterson, who was charged with first-degree rape in May after he allegedly choked his ex-girlfriend during an argument, filed a civil lawsuit against Patterson on May 27, alleging that Patterson choked her and she was unable to breathe while he assaulted her.
She is seeking $1.7 million in damages and $1 million in punitive damages.
She alleges that Patterson, 39, assaulted her in the late 1990s, when Patterson was in his 20s and she lived in Virginia.
He later pleaded guilty to first- and second-degree assault in her case and is serving a prison sentence of 10 years.
She also alleges that she was raped at the home of Patterson’s wife, who is now deceased.
The woman’s husband is Patterson’s attorney, Robert B. Bennett.
Patterson is not currently on trial.
He pleaded not guilty to second- and third-degree charges in June.
A Virginia grand jury indicted Patterson in the case in August, and he was charged as an adult.
Patterson was arrested after he was stopped by police at the couple’s home in Virginia on Aug. 12, 2018.
His trial is scheduled to begin March 5.
Patterson’s trial has not been scheduled yet.
A spokesman for Patterson’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.