Back in November, a man named Masin Elijè claimed that NBA star Dwight Howard was his ex-boyfriend. He also alleged that Howard and his pastor conspired to kill him because he refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Elijè filed a lawsuit and now Howard is speaking out.
According to TMZ, Elije filed a lawsuit in Georgia, which reportedly says, “Mr. Elije started receiving threats to his safety and well-being via a multitude of phone calls, text messages, communications on various social media platforms and emails, all of which were from unfamiliar or disguised sources.”
Elije is now suing for assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress. He is also demanding punitive damages and Howard pay for all of his legal bills.
TMZ claims Howard said, “I don’t know this person, never seen him. Any allegation said about me is false.” He also called the lawsuit a “money grab.”
In November, Masin Elijè, posted a series, beginning with one that said his “life was threatened after I was sexually harassed, threatened and manipulated, by someone I respected, my ex boyfriend NBA player Dwight Howard, and his camp also ‘catfished’ by his disrespectful ass PASTOR.”
The lengthy thread of tweets included purported audio proof of a conversation with Howard about him acknowledging a sexual relationship with Elijè. He claims they met at a “Wild’n Out” party.
And while a person’s sexual orientation isn’t newsworthy, that context was important to mention because Elijè also made a similar accusation on Twitter last year against rapper Playboi Carti. As Bossip reminded readers, those claims were “allegedly discredited.”
Dwight Howard, meanwhile, remained silent, until now. The eight-time NBA All Star has been nursing a lingering gluteal injury that has kept him sidelined this season.
This is Howard’s first season with the Wizards after a 14-year career of excellence on the hard court. Conventional wisdom was that his addition to a playoff team that needed to shore up its defense was a match made in basketball heaven, but the season has thus far been a disappointment for a group with multiple all-star players on its roster.
Reportedly, Howard recently got engaged to South Carolina University star basketball Te’a Cooper.