Jennifer Capriati, formerly the No. 1 tennis player in the world, is charged with misdemeanor battery and stalking of her ex-boyfriend, Ivan Brannan. The incident took place on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14), when Capriati allegedly punched Brannan in the chest multiple times after tracking him down at a gym. Brannan called 911 from the men’s locker room, and cops sent Capriati on her way.
The New York Daily News reports Brannan previously tried to get a restraining order against Capriati, but failed. Police say Brannan ended his relationship with Capriati in February of last year, and has called the police on her no fewer than six times since the breakup. Capriati allegedly blew up 26-year-old Brannan’s phone with around 300 text messages in a two-week period leading up to the blowout at the gym.
The 36-year-old former tennis pro does not face arrest but is summoned to appear in a Palm Beach, Fla. court to face charges on April 17. Capriati’s attorney, Richard Lubin, denies the allegations against his client. “Unfortunately, false accusations against celebrities is an almost daily occurrence in this crazy world we live in,” says Lubin. “Jennifer Capriati is innocent of these charges, and we intend to vigorously defend her good name against this nonsense.”
Meanwhile, police spoke to one of Brannan’s co-workers who says Capriati called their place of business more than 50 times and banged on the windows. This is not Capriati’s first run-in with the law. She faced charges in 1993 and 1994 for shoplifting and marijuana possession, respectively.