Dalvin Cook’s ex-girlfriend files legal action for assault and imprisonment; agent says Vikings RB was victimized

Woman accuses Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook of assault, bodily harm and forcible confinement in a lawsuit over an altercation a year ago at Cook’s house in Minnesota, according to Minneapolis Star Tribune. This report comes after Cook’s agent Zac Hiller claimed the running back suffered domestic violence and extortion, as reported ESPN.

U.S. Military Sergeant First Class Gracelyn Trimble, believed to be Cook’s ex-girlfriend, filed a complaint that included graphic descriptions of the violence and photos showing facial injuries. Speak Star Tribune, Trimble, 29, accused Cook, 26, of “causing me a concussion, leaving a scar on my face and putting me through hell.” In the file, she says that Cook “grabbed her arm and threw her whole body on the sofa, slamming her face against the coffee table and popping the lower part of her forehead and the bridge of her nose” after Cook got angry as she was picking up her things breaking up with him.

A screenshot of a conversation on the messaging app has been included in court documents and made public speak Star Tribune. The image includes a back and forth about the fault between Trimble and another party, labeled Cook, as well as the graphic photo of his injured face.

Cook’s attorney David Valentini issued a statement which, according to NFL Media, responded to the civil lawsuit filed Tuesday alleging that Cook assaulted the woman. The statement said that last November, Trimble broke into Cook’s home using a stolen garage door opener, assaulted Cook and massacred him along with two guests from the house. According to Cook’s attorney’s statement, she then showed a gun and forced Cook and his two guests at gunpoint to stay in the residence for hours, before injuring herself when Cook tried to stop her from assaulting a guest.

Valentini’s statement claims that Trimble is now trying to extort Cook for millions of dollars. The civil suit includes a claim for unspecified pecuniary damages. Civil lawsuits are common in domestic violence and assault cases because the burden of proof is lower and evidence is often difficult to obtain after the fact in such cases. Prior to the filing of the complaint, Trimble and his attorney attempted to reach a settlement with Cook, the Star Tribune reported.

The Vikings released a statement on this development, according to ESPN:

“We recently received notification from Dalvin Cook’s legal representative regarding a situation that occurred between Dalvin and an acquaintance in November 2020 and led to an ongoing dispute between the parties. Upon learning of this, we immediately informed the NFL. We are in the process of collecting more information and will withhold any further comments at this time. “

Cook is a double runner in the Pro Bowl for the 3-5 Vikings. They play for the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, and as of now, Cook is eligible to dress for the game. NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy USA Today’s Mike Jones told that the league “consider the matter under the personal conduct policy, and that there is no change in its status” because no criminal charges have been laid.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told reporters on Wednesday that he hasn’t heard anything about Cook’s status for week 10. He said Cook will be training on Wednesday.

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