NORMAN, Okla. – Two years after an incident involving a woman and an OU football player, a lawsuit has been filed.
In July of 2014, authorities say Amelia Molitor and OU running back Joe Mixon were involved in a fight on Campus Corner.
Surveillance cameras were rolling as Molitor pushed Joe Mixon before she was punched in the face.
The force of that punch broke several bones in her face.
Molitor told officers the argument started outside of Pickleman’s Deli and stemmed from a homosexual slur Mixon directed towards her friend
Mixon was eventually charged with misdemeanor assault and entered an Alford plea.
Now, the incident is back in the spotlight after Molitor filed a lawsuit in federal court this week.
In her lawsuit, Amelia Molitor claims she suffered “severe anxiety, embarrassment, depression, humiliation, and emotional distress” after the assault inside Pickleman’s Deli.
Surveillance video of the incident has never been made public and is currently tied up in a lawsuit between the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters and Norman officials.
Part of Molitor’s lawsuit also states that she doesn’t want that video released to the public.
“I think what she is probably trying to do is not have it released from the public so that it has some kind of value for sale to a tabloid of some sort,” legal analyst David McKenzie said.
If Mixon goes to the NFL, legal analysts believe that video could be worth a lot of money.
However, she may have trouble keeping the video private because the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled it should be released.
“It’s already been determined that it is a public record, and the citizens of the state of Oklahoma are entitled to see the video of the incident that took place that evening,” McKenzie said.
In a court filing, her attorneys also claim she was the victim of an attack and suffered innumerable threats in the wake of the incident.
“The physical part was manageable for me. All the rest seemed unbearable. Almost immediately, I was made to feel like it was my fault,” Molitor told The Oklahoman.
According to her attorney, Molitor is seeking at least $75,000 in damages in a California federal court.
She can pursue the case there because Mixon’s permanent address is in northern California.
Legal experts say she’d likely be less successful here.
“That jury pool is probably going to be filled up with a lot of Oklahoma Sooner fans who may not see her suit in the light she sees it, and be biased toward Mr. Mixon,” McKenzie said.
Mixon entered an Alford plea in his criminal case, which cannot be used against Mixon in a civil case.
Molitor is also suing the deli, Pickleman’s, in federal court in the Western District of Oklahoma.
She claims Pickleman’s should have had security.
In a statement, Molitor’s attorneys said:
“This was an incident where a young man got carried away. With proper security at the place, this probably could have been prevented. We trust that Mr. Mixon has matured under the guidance of Bob Stoops and the University of Okalhoma and that he won’t again be engaging in this kind of behavior,” said Rob Bohn, Molitor’s attorney.