New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was released today on personal recognizance after he was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court for indecent assault and battery. The NFL star allegedly groped a woman at Storyville, a Back Bay nightclub, around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
Edelman, 25, kept quiet during the short hearing and a not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf. Both the player and his lawyer refused comment, according to Boston.com.
The Patriots gave a one-sentence statement this afternoon about Edelman’s situation:
“The Patriots are aware of the reports regarding Julian Edelman and will defer any comment to his representatives at this time,’’ the organization said, according to Boston.com.
Edelman’s agent, Don Yee, said all comment would be reserved for the courtroom.
“The charges will be fought vigorously within the court system, instead of a rush to judgment elsewhere. We have no further comment beyond that,” Yee said.
Edelman’s only action after his court appearance was to sop and sign a fan’s football helmet outside the courthouse.
During the hearing, Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Susan Terrey requested that the player be ordered to stay away from the woman he allegedly assaulted and a man who was with the woman.
Police responded to the club on Exeter Street on reports of an assault and took Edelman into custody. He posted bail and was released for the night.
Although police are not releasing details, the Boston Globe obtained a police report that Edelman allegedly reached under the Halloween costume of the victim and groped her below the waist.
The man who was with the victim said during the incident, “he saw the victim’s face change into an expression of shock,” according to the police report.
The man then confronted the football player and threatened to beat him up. All three were thrown out of the club.