A man named Masin Elijè made some extreme allegations against NBA star Dwight Howard. He claimed they were boyfriends, that Howard was into transgender sex parties and 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 has countersued claiming everything Elijè, whose real name is is Maurice Singletary, stated were complete lies.
Bossip exclusively reported that Howard sued the YouTube personality for libel, slander, invasion of privacy and abusive litigation, according to court docs.
“Howard said there is no truth to Elije’s claims and his accuser doesn’t deserve a penny from the lawsuit, Howard’s court papers, which were obtained by BOSSIP,” the website wrote. “The athlete said Elije’s complaint doesn’t have viable legal claims, that Elije never officially served him and any alleged injuries were caused by his own negligence.”
Howard’s counterclaim says in part that the NBA star “is an upstanding citizen in all respects. Unfortunately, his public life and generosity have made him the target of the plaintiff as unrelenting and hostile smear campaign. And Maurice Singletary continues to aggressively harass, threaten, call and text Mr. Howard and besmirch his reputation on various social media platforms.” The suit claimed Elije’s created these alleged lies for publicity around a book project.
Howard is asking for $10 million in damages.
“I don’t know this person, never seen him. Any allegation said about me is false,” Howard told TMZ back in March. He also called the lawsuit a “money grab.”
In November, Elijè posted a series of incendiary tweets, 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 had been nursing a lingering gluteal injury that kept him sidelined this past regular season.
Reportedly, Howard recently got engaged to South Carolina University star basketball Te’a Cooper.