Jennifer Capriati came into fame back the early 1990s, becoming an international tennis star at age 13. When she was 16, she quit the sport and got into some trouble, getting arrested for shoplifting and marijuana possession in 1994. However, she was able to surge back onto the tennis scene, becoming the No. 1 women’s singles player in the world in 2001 before she quit again and overdosed on prescription drugs in 2010. Last year, Capriati was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Now, it’s 2013, and Capriati is on trial for the alleged assault of her ex-boyfriend, former college golfer Ivan Brannan. Reportedly, 36-year-old Capriati attacked Brannan at the Oxygen Gym and Spa in North Palm Bean, Florida on Valentine’s Day, punching him in the chest before a yoga instructor broke up the altercation. 28-year-old Brannan also claims that Capriati had been stalking and harassing him, once calling his work 50 times in one day in January before showing up and banging on windows.
Whether or not Capriati will be convicted of any of the accusations remains to be seen. Another ex-girlfriend of Brannan, Christine Corley, a former competitor on the reality cooking show MasterChef, told Capriati that Brannan made similar accusations against her. Corley maintains that all of the claims made against her by Brannan are false, and that it’s likely that those against Capriati are as well.
In Arizona, assault is defined by A.R.S. 13-1203:
A person commits assault by intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing any physical injury to another person. In addition, someone can commit assault by knowingly touching another person with the intent to injure, insult, or provoke such person.
If physical injury is caused to the victim, the offender will be charged with a class 1 misdemeanor in Arizona.
Having an assault charge on your record can significantly affect your employment opportunities as it may make employers see you as a danger to others