Albert Haynesworth's Simple Assault Charge Dismissed After He Settles With Victim

Albert Haynesworth's simple assault charge stemming from an alleged road rage incident in February has been dismissed after he reached a settlement with the victim.

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Albert Haynesworth Settles With Victim In Simple Assault Case

Albert Haynesworth has reached a settlement with a Virginia man who brought a simple assault charge against him for an alleged road rage incident. Court records suggest the charge was dismissed Tuesday morning because of a Virginia law that allows the defendant to make "accord and satisfaction" with the victim. Both sides declined to provide details on the details of the settlement.

The case reached Virginia court after the man alleged Haynesworth stepped out of his car and struck him in the face in an alleged road rage incident in Virginia on February 4. It had been pushed back to Tuesday to give both sides a chance to reach a settlement. That happened, and in return, the defendant declined to press charges.

Haynesworth also pled not guilty to a charge of misdemeanor sexual abuse due to an alleged incident in which he fondled a cocktail waitresses' breasts. Prosecutors had offered a plea deal in which Haynesworth would plead guilty to the simple assault charge in return for having the sexual abuse charge dropped. Haynesworth refused.

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Albert Haynesworth's Simple Assault Hearing Postponement Could Lead To Out Of Court Settlement

The decision to postpone Albert Haynesworth's court hearing for a simple assault charge stemming from an alleged road rage incident was likely done in order to give Haynesworth's camp a chance to settle with the victim out of court. The case was originally supposed to be heard on Thursday, but it was postponed to Tuesday, May 31.

Via an AP report:

A judge on Thursday postponed Washington Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth's road-rage assault trial to give Haynesworth an opportunity to settle the matter with the alleged victim.

A Fairfax County prosecutor said at Thursday's hearing that Haynesworth is pursuing an "accord and satisfaction" agreement with the alleged victim. In misdemeanor cases, a judge can dismiss assault charges when the victim acknowledges that he has received satisfaction for any injuries, usually in the form of a financial settlement.

Haynesworth's lawyer previously would not specifywhat specifically entailed "accord and satisfaction." Haynesworth is still scheduled to appear in court in July to address charges of misdemeanor sexual abuse stemming from an incident in which he allegedly fondled a cocktail waitresses' breasts.

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Albert Haynesworth's Simple Assault Court Date Postponed To May 31

Albert Haynesworth simple assault court date, originally scheduled for Thursday, has been pushed back to May 31, according to the Washington Post. Haynesworth's attorney told a Fairfax County judge that he had hoped to reach an "accord and satisfaction" by the new court date. It is not clear what that would entail.

Haynesworth is in court for an alleged incident in February in which he hit a man in the face in Reston after a road rage incident. Haynesworth is also facing a misdemeanor sexual abuse charge for an incident in which he allegedly fondled a cocktail waitresses' breasts in February. Prosecutors had proposed that they would drop the sexual abuse charge if Haynesworth pled guilty to the simple assault road rage charge, but Haynesworth refused, so both charges will push on.

Haynesworth was reportedly not in the Fairfax County General District Court house on Thursday. The victim was, but he declined to comment.

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Albert Haynesworth Simple Assault Court Date Moved To May 26

Albert Haynesworth's court date for a simple assault charge stemming from an alleged road rage incident in Reston a couple months ago has been moved to May 26, according to the Washington Post. Haynesworth was originally due in court Thursday morning.

Haynesworth had been accused of getting out of his car and striking a driver on the Fairfax County Parkway in Reston on February 4. The police report states that Haynesworth, in a pickup truck, was tailgating and making a "non-verbal hand gesture" towards another driver. When the two cars stopped at a red light, Haynesworth got out of the car and struck the man, according to the report.

Haynesworth was suspended for the final four games of the 2010 regular season, and is also dealing with a sexual assault allegation after a woman said he fondled her breasts while she was serving him drinks at the W Hotel in downtown Washington D.C. 

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Albert Haynesworth Turns Himself In After Alleged Road Rage Incident

Albert Haynesworth has officially turned himself into police after an alleged road rage incident in Fairfax last week. This means that he has officially been charged with simple assault, according to CSN's Chick Hernandez.

The alleged incident occurred in the morning on Wednesday, February 2. Haynesworth's truck was trailing a car too closely on the Farifax County Parkway. When he stopped next to the car at a red light, the man gestured towards him, causing Haynesworth to step out of his car. Haynesworth then allegedly struck the man. 

Haynesworth was widely expected to turn himself in to police, so this latest development is hardly a surprise. However, Haynesworth's agent, Chad Speck, denied that his client struck the man

Haynesworth is expected to appear in Farifax County Criminal Court on March 31, according to CSN Washington. The maximum sentence for misdemeanor simple assault in Virginia is no more than a year in jail and no more than a $2,500 fine. 

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Albert Haynesworth's Agent Denies His Client Committed Assault

Albert Haynesworth's agent has released a statement denying that his client committed assault in an alleged incident stemming from a road rage situation in Fairfax last Wednesday. Chad Speck sent out a release saying that Haynesworth will cooperate with authorities, but did not assault anyone.

Via Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan:

"This man, who actually provoked the situation himself, recognized Albert and is now simply trying to turn it into his 15 minutes of fame and get, we can only assume, some money. Albert did not assault this man and looks forward to his day in court to refute these ridiculous allegations."    

The incident allegedly occurred at 9:16 a.m. on Wednesday morning. According to a Fairfax County police report, Haynesworth was tailgating a 38-year old man's Honda Civic in his truck. The man made a hand gesture to Haynesworth, before the two stopped at a red light. Both got out of the car, when Haynesworth allegedly struck the driver, who had gotten back into his car by this point.

Speck said that Haynesworth will turn himself in once he gets back into the area. The Redskins said they were "gathering information," but would have no further comment.

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Albert Haynesworth Charged With Simple Assault In Alleged Road Rage Incident

Albert Haynesworth's tumultuous few months personally has continued. He has been charged for simple assault after an alleged road rage incident on the Fairfax County Parkway on Wednesday, and will reportedly turn himself in, according to a report in the Washington Post.

Tom Jackman of the Crime Scene blog has the story:

Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth has been charged with simple assault for a road rage incident with another motorist on the Fairfax County Parkway in Reston, Fairfax police said.

Haynesworth, 29, has not been arrested but is planning to turn himself in next week, Officer Shelley Broderick said.

The incident occurred in the morning, when Haynesworth allegedly tailgated a 38-year old man in a Honda Civic. The man issued a hand gesture, and at the next intersection, Haynesworth allegedly stepped out of the car and struck the 38-year old man. The 38-year old man then drove away and told police that Haynesworth may have hit him. The police received a warrant for Haynesworth on Thursday.

Simple assault is a misdemeanor charge in Virginia and could carry a sentence of up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine, though sanctions like this are rarely imposed for anyone without a criminal record.

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