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Agent denies report that Haynesworth assaulted waitress

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WASHINGTON -- Albert Haynesworth is facing another off-the-field accusation of misbehavior, this time by a waitress who claims the Redskins defensive lineman sexually abused her at a restaurant.

Haynesworth's agent, Chad Speck, found himself in familiar territory Monday in defending his client after WRC-TV revealed that, according to a police report, the waitress said the lineman touched her breast while he paid his bill early Sunday at a downtown Washington hotel.

"There seems to be no truth to these allegations," Speck said. "And we are currently evaluating the facts and considering our own legal actions against those involved."

Officer Tisha Gant, a D.C. police spokeswoman, said an investigation is under way over something that happened at the hotel, but she wouldn't say what was alleged offense or confirm whether Haynesworth is a suspect. No charges have filed.

Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie issued a statement that has become customary: "We're gathering all the facts, and until then, we have no comment."

Negative reports on Haynesworth's behavior have become so common that even teammate Phillip Daniels tweeted the latest news Monday and added: "Man does it ever end."

Haynesworth's troubles come both on and off the field, from his disputes over playing time and conditioning with coach Mike Shanahan to his mounting legal issues. At one point last summer, Haynesworth was juggling as many as four court-related matters, including lawsuits from a bank, an exotic dancer, a man injured in an automobile accident and complaints from his ex-wife that he wasn't paying her health insurance or their children's bills.

More trouble came this year. On Jan. 4, Haynesworth was ticketed for going 64 mph in a 45 mph zone in Fairfax County, Va. Earlier this month, in the same county, Haynesworth was accused of road rage by a man who claimed he was tailgated, then assaulted by the lineman.

On Saturday, some 24 hours before the hotel complaint, Haynesworth appeared at a police station and was formally charged with misdemeanor assault in the road-rage investigation. He is scheduled to appear in court March 31 on that charge.


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Speck said Haynesworth is innocent and that the accuser in that case is seeking fame and money.

Haynesworth, a two-time All-Pro, constantly was in trouble with Shanahan, skipping offseason workouts and failing to pass a conditioning test at the start of training camp. Haynesworth, 29, didn't start a game this season, despite being in the second year of a seven-year, $100 million contract.

Shanahan ultimately suspended Haynesworth without pay for the final four games of the season for "conduct detrimental to the club." The Redskins are expected to try to unload Haynesworth during the offseason, either by cutting him or trading him.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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