Dennis Rodman pleads not guilty to battery charge in bar incident
Dennis Rodman has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from a May incident in which he was accused of slapping a man, according to a report from The Palm Beach Post.
Rodman was not present at Thursday’s hearing, but attorney Lorne Berkeley entered the plea on his behalf at the South Palm Beach County Courthouse.
The incident in question occurred on May 17 at Buddha Sky Bar in Delray Beach, Fla. Rodman is accused of slapping a fellow patron, Jeff Soulouque, who told police the former NBA star “unprovokedly turned around and smacked him.”
Soulouque added that Rodman was “very sentimental” and immediately apologized. Rodman also invited him to another party. Soulouque only decided to press charges after waking up the following day with swelling on his face where he had been slapped.
Rodman’s attorney said Thursday that he “fully expects” the charges to be dismissed once the State Attorney’s Office conducts an interview with the officer on the scene following the incident.
“I believe that there won’t be any evidence to substantiate the alleged victim’s claim,” Berkeley said.
Rodman of course has found a way to remain in the spotlight since his playing days ended long ago, not all that surprising giving his enigmatic and outsized personality.
Oftentimes it is due to him sharing outrageous stories from his past. Other times, it’s unfortunately related to his occasional run-ins with law enforcement, as is the case in this instance.