A woman who once was in a dating relationship with Basketball Hall of Fame guard Gary Payton testified today that she feared for her life after two alleged beatings at his hands in the aftermath of an awards ceremony in Seattle in 2015.
“He Was Acting Like A Beast”
“I was afraid for my life,” 30-year-old Trishtan Williams told a Los
Angeles Superior Court jury hearing trial of her civil suit against the 48-year-
old ex-Laker. “He was acting like a beast.”
Williams, whose allegations include assault and battery, alleges that
during her brief relationship with Payton that he evolved from being a “Prince
Charming” to an individual who cheated on her and became abusive, forcing her
to end their union.
Payton’s Lawyers Deny The Assault
Lawyers for Payton deny their client assaulted her and say Williams was
a younger woman who wanted to exploit a wealthy older man.
Williams testified that she had a relationship with another man and gave
birth to her only child in December 2008, but was not involved with any other
men between the time she and her son’s father separated in 2012 and July 2014,
when she met Payton in Las Vegas, unaware of who he was when he walked up to
Payton Worked As A Fox Sports Analyst
Williams said the two went on a date the next day and eventually
traveled together, including the trip to Seattle in late January 2015. Payton
worked at the time as a Fox Sports analyst and had his best years as a member
of the Seattle SuperSonics.
Williams said she noticed a change in Payton’s attitude toward her when
the two took a nap at the W Seattle hotel before the awards show. She said she
tried to hug him, but that he told her to stay on her side of the bed.
“I Didn’t Know What Was Going On”
“I didn’t know what was going on,” she said. “It hurt my feelings.”
Williams said that after the ceremony, she, Payton and a Fox co-worker
of the former player, Yvette Inclan, spent three to four hours at Ozzie’s bar,
where Payton met with friends who played darts with him.
The Confrontation Happened In The Car
She said Williams often frowned at her at Ozzie’s and that she was left
wanting to return to her Ladera Heights home to be with her son as soon as
Williams said the first alleged confrontation between her and Payton
occurred during the ride back to the hotel. She said she was seated in the
front passenger seat and that Inclan sat in the back seat. She said she was a
bit “tipsy” from drinking.
“I Couldn’t Breathe”
“All I can remember is Gary grabbing my neck with his right hand and
choking me,” she said. “I couldn’t breathe because he has big hands.”
Williams said her head bounced against the right passenger window during
the struggle. She said she heard Inclan scream at Payton to stop, but did not
see the woman strike him in the temple with one of her elbows as Inclan
testified on Wednesday.
Her Head Hit The Window Multiple Times
Williams said she her head hit the glass again during an ensuing tussle
and that she jumped out of the SUV after Payton slowed down. Both Payton and
Inclan implored her to get back into the vehicle, Williams said.
“We can fix this at the hotel,” Inclan said, according to Williams.
“You Just… Choked Me Out In The Car”
Williams said she got back in the SUV and that after the trio reached
the hotel, she accepted Inclan’s offer to stay in her room.
Williams said she went with Payton to their room to get her luggage, but
that he surprised her when he asked for sex. She said she refused.
“You just (epithet) choked me out in the car,” Williams said she told
Payton Began Choking Her Again At The Hotel
She said Payton began choking her again and that she eventually ended up
on the floor, pleading for him to get off her.
She said that when she got up, he pulled on her ponytail so hard that
the thread used to hold the ponytail together was hanging.
Williams Did Not Call The Police
Williams said she left the room and tried to call Inclan, but received
no answer. Inclan testified Wednesday that she fell asleep and did not hear her
Williams said she did not call the police.
Payton Nicknamed “The Glove”
Williams said that except for a visit in New York on business, she never
saw Payton again and that she has avoided all relationships with men since
then. She said other women need to know what happened between her and Payton
and that he should be held accountable for the alleged assaults.
The 6-feet-4-inch Payton sat expressionless as he heard Williams
testify. He was nicknamed “the Glove” because of his defensive abilities.
NBA Championship With The Miami Heat
He won his only NBA championship as a member of the Miami Heat in the
2005-06 season. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September
Williams is a former producer for “The Amazing Race” and “America’s
Next Top Model,” according to IMDb.
City News Service.
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