Charlotte Hornets’ Miles Bridges charged with felony domestic violence, child abuse

Charlotte Hornets restricted free agent Myles Bridges has been charged with three felony counts of domestic violence after he was accused of assaulting his girlfriend in front of their two children last month, the Los Angeles County District Attorney said Tuesday.

District Attorney George Gascon said his office filed one felony charge of injury to a parent of a child and two felony counts of child abuse under circumstances or conditions likely to result in serious bodily injury or death. According to the DA’s statement, the case “involves a charge of aggravated assault of a domestic violence victim.” The DA’s statement noted that children were present in the alleged assault, but did not otherwise say what the child abuse stemmed from.

Bridges is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

“Domestic violence causes physical, mental and emotional trauma that has lasting effects on survivors,” Gascon said. “Children who witness domestic violence are particularly vulnerable and the impact on them is immeasurable.”

Bridges was arrested by Los Angeles police on June 29 and later released on $130,000 bond.

Both the Hornets and the NBA said they were aware of the allegations against Bridges, but the league says it is investigating the allegations.

“These are very serious allegations that we will continue to monitor,” the Hornets said. “As this is a legal matter, we have no further comment at this time.”

Bridges’ agent, Rich Paul, could not be reached for comment Tuesday night by The Associated Press.

Michelle Johnson, the mother of Bridges’ two young children, posted several pictures of the injuries on Instagram on July 1 and a medical report that read: “adult victim of physical abuse by male partner; assault by strangulation; concussion; closed nasal bone fracture; bruised rib; multiple bruises; neck muscle strain.”

She didn’t mention Bridges by name, but wrote on Instagram: “I hate that this has happened but I can’t stay silent anymore. I have allowed someone to destroy my home, abuse me in every way possible and traumatize our children for life. I have nothing to prove to the world, but I’m not going to let anyone who could do something so horrible, without remorse and paint me as something I’m not. I’m not going to let the people around me continue to silence me and continue to lie to protect this person.”

The LAPD said at the time of Bridges’ arrest that it does not release police reports of domestic violence arrests. The case remains under investigation by the LAPD’s West Los Angeles Division.

The 6-foot, 225-pound Bridges was the Hornets’ leading scorer last season, averaging 20.2 points and seven rebounds in his fourth NBA season. The Hornets had extended Bridge a matching offer prior to his holdout, which gives them the ability to match any offer from another team.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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