Miles Bridges pleads not guilty to felony domestic violence and child abuse

Miles Bridges. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Warning: The following article contains explicit allegations of domestic violence.

Miles Bridges faces multiple counts of domestic violence and child abuse stemming from an alleged June attack in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced the charges against the Charlotte Hornets restricted free agent on Tuesday. Bridges faces one count of injuring a parent of a child and two counts of child abuse in circumstances or conditions likely to cause grievous bodily harm or death.

Bridges pleaded not guilty to the charges at an impeachment hearing on Wednesday.

Miles Bridges’ girlfriend describes violent attack

Bridges, 24, was arrested June 29 and released the next day on $130,000 bond. On July 1, his girlfriend Mychelle Johnson posted graphic images on social media of injuries she wrote she sustained in a violent attack. Per Johnson, she suffered broken bones in her nose and wrist, a torn eardrum, and torn muscles in his neck from choking.

“I hate that it’s come to this but I can’t shut up anymore,” Johnson wrote in the post, which has since been deleted. “I allowed someone to destroy my home, abuse me in any way possible and traumatize our children for life. I have nothing to prove to the world, but I will not allow anyone who might do something wrong. something so horrible to have no remorse and paint a picture of something I’m not.

“I will not allow the people around him to continue to shut me up and continue to lie to protect this person. It’s unethical, it’s immoral, it’s really SICK. It hurts me in my heart because I’ve always had hope and so much love and as scary as it can be for me, it’s time for me to stand up for myself.

“I will no longer be silent to protect others because I value myself and my children more than anyone’s ‘image’. … a broken nose, wrist, torn eardrum, torn muscles in my neck from being choked into sleep, and a severe concussion.

“I don’t need sympathy, I just don’t want this to happen to anyone else, I just want that person to get help, my kids deserve better. That’s all I want. It hurts, everything hurts, this situation hurts, the most Above all, I am afraid and I hurt for my children who have witnessed everything. Please respect the privacy of my family and stop the disgusting rumors and allegations.

Her post included what appeared to be a medical report stating that Johnson was an “adult victim of physical abuse by a male partner.”

DA swears Bridges ‘will be held accountable’

LA District Attorney George Gascón released a statement alongside the charges pledging to hold Bridges accountable.

“Domestic violence creates physical, mental and emotional trauma that has a lasting impact on survivors,” Gascón’s statement read. “Children who witness domestic violence are particularly vulnerable and the impact on them is immeasurable. Mr. Bridges will be held accountable for his actions and our Office of Victim Services will support survivors through this difficult process.

According to the statement, Bridges’ alleged assault took place in front of the victim’s two children. Bridges has not spoken publicly about his arrest and did not immediately respond Tuesday after the charges were filed.

The Hornets extended a qualifying offer to Bridges after the 2021-22 season, meaning they had the right to match any offer from an opposing team in free agency. Bridges was arrested the day before free agency began. The Hornets released a statement regarding Tuesday’s felony charges.

“We are aware of the charges that were filed today against Miles Bridges,” the statement reads. “These are very serious charges that we will continue to monitor. As this is a legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time.”

The NBA released a similar statement.

“We are aware of the charges brought against Miles Bridges today,” the statement reads. “The league is investigating the allegations.”

If you or someone you know has been a victim of domestic violence, help is available. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24/7 with free, anonymous help by calling 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), texting “START” to 88788 or online at thehotline.org.


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