Harris under investigation for April sex assault

Though no charges have been filed, Packers cornerback Al Harris is under investigation for sexual assault, the Broward County (Fla.) State Attorney's Office confirmed Thursday.

The alleged incident happened at 1:30 a.m. April 17 at a strip club in Pompano Beach, Fla. While Harris is not named in the complaint, Broward County State Attorney's Office spokesman Ron Ishoy told The Associated Press that Harris is the target of an investigation.

According to the complaint, the victim performed a dance for Harris. Harris told the dancer he wanted to have sex with her, and she refused. When she "told the suspect to stop," the complaint said, he refused, and she tried to push him away.

The woman reportedly went home afterward, then went to a sexual-assault treatment center several hours later. The center completed a rape kit, took DNA from the victim, and notified authorities about a possible rape.

Harris' attorney, Keith Seltzer, called the allegations "totally, 110 percent false" and "entirely about money."

"These are obviously the creations of someone with a vivid imagination," Seltzer told the Miami Herald.

Harris denied the allegations during the postdraft minicamp last month, saying: "All I can say is I haven't broken any laws or anything of that nature. ... I know I haven't done anything wrong. I don't really know what's going on. I'm pretty much in the dark."

The Packers had no comment on the news Thursday. During the minicamp, Packers coach Mike Sherman defended Harris, saying: "I know Al. Al's a great guy; he's a good person. I would say that Al has demonstrated here in Green Bay to be of high character. As far as what you're calling allegations, I can't make anything out of it. I don't know the facts; I don't claim to. That's another department."

Harris' agent, Jack Bechta, also vouched for Harris' character. When news of the incident became public, Bechta said: "This guy has been hunted down by every scam artist in town. He's been a model citizen for the most part in this part of the country and never had any problems in Philadelphia or Green Bay."

Providing examples, Bechta said two paternity suits had been filed against Harris.

"He took the blood tests right away and the tests proved he wasn't the father."

Harris, 30, recorded 67 tackles and one interception last season. He is engaged, with he and his fiancee expecting a child.

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