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New Jersey State Police are investigating an incident along the New Jersey Turnpike in which a woman was left at a service area after she said she was riding on a party bus with a group of people that included Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.
According to multiple media reports, McCoy is facing a civil lawsuit over the dispute; however, he vigorously denies the allegations against him.
The plaintiff in the suit, who goes by the name "Mary Roe" in the complaint, alleges that on Dec. 18, 2012, McCoy's publicist invited her and 15 other women to a nightclub party. They were transported on a party bus provided by Premier Luxury Rentals, also named in the lawsuit.
According to the complaint, McCoy sprayed the people on the bus with water. When the plaintiff complained, McCoy told his bodyguard, "Big John," to "get her."
"Big John and/or McCoy then struck plaintiff in the face, causing her to fall to the ground, physically restrained her while she was lying on the ground, poured a beverage onto her hair, clothes, and body, and forcibly dragged and pushed her," the complaint states, according to multiple media reports. "McCoy ordered the driver to stop on the side of the highway, and after the driver did so, both Big John and McCoy then forcibly ejected plaintiff from the bus."
When others on the bus complained, according to the complaint, McCoy put the plaintiff back on the bus but then left her at a rest stop when she called the police. She reported the incident to the New Jersey State Police, and their investigation is ongoing.
Sargent Brian Polite told ESPN on Tuesday that the woman did report being on the bus that was traveling from New York to Pennsylvania, being shoved to the ground, being struck by some kind of liquid and being removed from the bus, but there is no mention in the report of McCoy either assaulting the woman or removing her from the bus. The report does not indicate that the woman had any visible injuries.
A source close to McCoy told the Philadelphia Inquirer that McCoy acknowledges kicking the woman off the bus but disputes the other claims.
McCoy's lawyer, Andrew M. Smith, told TMZ.com Tuesday: "The allegations against LeSean McCoy are completely, unequivocally false."
He asserted that no probable cause was found to file charges.
"This is sadly an attempt to extract money and LeSean will vigorously defend any attempt to collect money through a personal injury claim," Smith said, according to TMZ.com.
The Inquirer also reported the Eagles are aware of the lawsuit but have no comment at this time.
According to multiple reports, the plaintiff in the lawsuit is seeking $50,000 for assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment and negligence.
In addition to the bus operator and McCoy, the bodyguard is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
During the time of the bus ride, McCoy was preparing to return to the football field after missing four games with a concussion. He played Dec. 23, 2012, and had 45 yards rushing and 77 yards receiving in the Eagles' 27-20 loss to the Redskins.