$70 million lawsuit against Suggs dropped

OWINGS MILLS – Baltimore Ravens star outside linebacker Terrell Suggs is no longer facing a $70 million lawsuit from Candace Williams, the mother of his two children. According to Suggs' attorney, Suggs and Williams are working on reconciling.

According to court records, the lawsuit was "voluntarily dismissed in its entirety" Thursday in Baltimore County Circuit Court. Plus, Williams has convinced a District Court judge to rescind a protective order she had filed against Suggs that mandated he avoid all contact with her.

"Ms. Williams told the court she wants to drop and rescind the order," said Lynn Hoffman, Suggs' attorney. "Because Ms. Williams had made serious allegations, the court queried her and she made it very clear that he's not a threat to her or the children.

"The two of them are trying to work things out. They were very chummy in the courtroom. It's nice to see that because it was a terrible situation."

In December, Williams was granted a protective order against the NFL player after accusing him of assaulting her and threatening to drown her with bleach.

Williams had previously alleged that Suggs hit her and spilled bleach on her and their one-year-old son on Nov. 29 during an altercation stemming from an argument over tickets to the Ravens' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In that filing against Suggs, Williams acknowledged that she had spit on Suggs and kicked him. During her court appearance, a judge noticed a mark on her chest.

Williams subsequently filed for custody of the children. She also alleged, without documentation, that Suggs broke her nose during a separate domestic incident on Nov. 3. Suggs wasn't charged with any crimes and there is no record of emergency phone calls to his Windsor Mill residence.

Williams' litigation against Suggs requested custody of the children and alleged that the 6-foot-4, 260-pounder committed assault and battery against her on more than one occasion. On Dec. 11, Suggs was ordered to avoid all contact with Williams, pay her $35,000 a month for expenses related to the children as well as shared custody overseen by Suggs' mother, Laverne.

Williams was also granted use of Suggs' 2008 luxury sport utility vehicle, a Hummer. Suggs signed a six-year, $62.5 million contract prior to this pat season, but struggled with heel and knee injuries and registered a career-low 4 ½ sacks.

According to coach John Harbaugh, Suggs has pledged to participate in the Ravens' entire offseason program this year.

Now, Suggs' legal issues have been resolved amicably. "He's very happy that this is behind him now," Hoffman said. "It's a really positive thing. It certainly redeems him."

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