Miles Bridges pleads not guilty to domestic violence and child abuse charges

EXCLUSIVE: NBA star Miles Bridges suits up for LA county court appearance – where he pleads NOT GUILTY to domestic abuse and child abuse charges after ‘beating his girlfriend in front of their young children, leaving her with a concussion and broken nose’

  • NBA star Miles Bridges was charged with domestic assault and child abuse
  • He allegedly beat his girlfriend, Mychelle Johnson, in front of their two children 
  • In his first court appearance following the allegations, Bridges pleaded not guilty 
  • Johnson posted images of herself with cuts on her lips and bruises on her body
  • The forward was the leading scorer for the Hornets last season, averaging 20 points a game, but became a free agent this month and has remained unsigned
  • If convicted on domestic violence and child abuse charges, Bridges could face as much as 11 years in prison

NBA free agent Miles Bridges, 24, pleaded not guilty to battering his girlfriend, Mychelle Johnson, in front of their two young children.

The charges, filed in Los Angeles on Tuesday, stem from two separate arguments on June 27 and 28 that allegedly turned violent, according to DA George Gascón.

His girlfriend, Mychelle Johnson, shared photos of herself on social media, showing her badly-injured face following the alleged attack. She suffered a broken nose, a concussion, and other serious injuries, purportedly, at the hands of Bridges. 

Bridges, 24, made his first appearance in Los Angeles County Superior Court on July 20 to answer to three counts of felony domestic abuse. 

The former Charlotte Hornets star appeared at court without an entourage while wearing a navy blue suit.  

She didn’t name Bridges as her attacker in the post but wrote: ‘I’ve allowed someone to destroy my home, abuse me in every way possible and traumatize our kids for life.’  

Miles Bridges, a former Charlotte Hornets star, appeared at court without an entourage while wearing a navy blue suit.

Miles Bridges, a former Charlotte Hornets star, appeared at court without an entourage while wearing a navy blue suit.

The charges against Bridges, filed in Los Angeles on Tuesday, stem from two separate arguments on June 27 and 28 that allegedly turned violent, according to DA George Gascón

The charges against Bridges, filed in Los Angeles on Tuesday, stem from two separate arguments on June 27 and 28 that allegedly turned violent, according to DA George Gascón

Mychelle Johnson, Bridges' girlfriend, suffered a broken nose, a concussion and other serious injuries, purportedly, at the hands of Bridges

Mychelle Johnson, Bridges’ girlfriend, suffered a broken nose, a concussion and other serious injuries, purportedly, at the hands of Bridges

Bridges, the lead scorer last year for the Charlotte Hornets, originally turned himself into Los Angeles police for the crime on June 30

Bridges, the lead scorer last year for the Charlotte Hornets, originally turned himself into Los Angeles police for the crime on June 30

Bridges will appear in coutt again on August 19. He remains free on a $130,000 bond

Bridges will appear in coutt again on August 19. He remains free on a $130,000 bond

‘Domestic violence creates physical, mental and emotional trauma that has a lasting impact on survivors,’ Gascón said. ‘Children who witness family violence are especially vulnerable and the impact on them is immeasurable. 

‘Mr. Bridges will be held accountable for his actions and our Bureau of Victim Services will support the survivors through this difficult process.’ 

Bridges is charged with one felony count of injuring a child’s parent and two felony counts of child abuse. He was first arrested on June 29, and remains free on $130,000 bail. 

He is due in court again on August 19.  If found guilty on the charges he faces, Bridges could be sentenced to as much as 11 years in prison. 

Bridges, the lead scorer last year for the Charlotte Hornets, originally turned himself into Los Angeles police for the crime on June 30.

He was released on $130,000 bail as the investigation continued.

It came to a head when Johnson called the police after the second incident. He had left the scene before they arrived. 

The next day she said she ‘won’t be silent anymore’ and posted several photos on her Instagram page showing bruising on her face, back, hands, ear and leg.

Johnson also published a medical report that detailed the extent of her injuries. 

It said that she had been strangled, suffered a brain concussion and a bruised rib. The diagnosis read: ‘Adult victim of physical abuse by male partner.’

She said that she had torn muscles in her neck ‘from being chocked until I went to sleep.’

‘I have nothing to prove to the world, but I won’t allow anyone who could do something so horrible to have no remorse and paint a picture of something I’m not. 

‘I won’t allow the people around him to continue to silence me and continue to lie to protect this person. It’s unethical, it’s immoral, it’s truly sick,’ she said. 

Mychelle Johnson posted images of injuries all over her body, including her fractured nose

Mychelle Johnson posted images of injuries all over her body, including her fractured nose

NBA star Miles Bridges, 24, seen here with his children and girlfriend, Mychelle Johnson, who accused him of repeated domestic abuse

NBA star Miles Bridges, 24, seen here with his children and girlfriend, Mychelle Johnson, who accused him of repeated domestic abuse

Bridges, 24, (pictured) faces two counts of child abuse and one count of domestic violence

Bridges, 24, (pictured) faces two counts of child abuse and one count of domestic violence

Johnson and Bridges first started dating in 2016 and have two young children together

Johnson and Bridges first started dating in 2016 and have two young children together

Miles Bridges' wife Mychelle Johnson posted a photo of scratches on her face and a bloodied eardrum

Miles Bridges’ wife Mychelle Johnson posted a photo of scratches on her face and a bloodied eardrum

Bruises on Johnson's arm

Bruises on Johnson's leg

Mychelle Johnson posted images showing bruises over her arm and legs 

Mychelle Johnson said she could not 'be silent anymore' as she posted a series of images on Instagram showing bruises and scratches over her hands, back, legs and face

Mychelle Johnson said she could not ‘be silent anymore’ as she posted a series of images on Instagram showing bruises and scratches over her hands, back, legs and face

Johnson said on Thursday she had suffered a fractured nose, wrist, torn eardrum, and torn muscles in her neck 'from being chocked until I went to sleep'

Johnson said on Thursday she had suffered a fractured nose, wrist, torn eardrum, and torn muscles in her neck ‘from being chocked until I went to sleep’

Along with the photos showing the injuries, Johnson also posted a medical document showing that on Tuesday she had been strangled, suffered brain concussion and a bruised rib. The diagnosis read: 'Adult victim of physical abuse by male partner'

Along with the photos showing the injuries, Johnson also posted a medical document showing that on Tuesday she had been strangled, suffered brain concussion and a bruised rib. The diagnosis read: ‘Adult victim of physical abuse by male partner’

Both the NBA and the Hornets said that they were apprised of the charges. 

‘These are very serious charges that we will continue to monitor,’ the Hornets told the Associated Press. ‘As this is a legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time.’

The 12th pick of the 2018 NBA Draft, Bridges earned $16 million playing for the Hornets for four seasons. He became a free agent in June and the team extended an $8 million qualifying offer for the 2022-23 season. And with the qualifying offer in hand, Bridges is considered a restricted free agent, meaning the Hornets can match any offer he gets on the open market if one materializes. 

Hoops Hype’s Michael Scotto speculated before Bridges’s arrest that the former Michigan State star could attract offers in the neighborhood of $25 million, annually. 

Earlier this month, Bridges posted a picture on social media of a purple drink and what looked like a joint in his hand. His followers quickly accused him of drinking lean, a concoction that typically includes cough syrup with codeine and promethazine as well as a soft drink or alcohol

Earlier this month, Bridges posted a picture on social media of a purple drink and what looked like a joint in his hand. His followers quickly accused him of drinking lean, a concoction that typically includes cough syrup with codeine and promethazine as well as a soft drink or alcohol

Bridges has gained a reputation for volatility on and off the court. 

In April, after being ejected from a game in Atlanta for cursing at officials, he tried to throw his mouth guard at a male heckler, but instead accidentally hit a 16-year-old female fan in the face.

Bridges was apologetic when addressing the media later.

‘I was aiming for the guy that was screaming at me and it hit a little girl,’ Bridges said. ‘So that’s definitely unacceptable on my part and I take full responsibility.

‘That’s out of character for me. You’ve been around me; I don’t act like that or ever flash out like that. So that was definitely wrong.’

Earlier this month, Bridges posted a picture on social media of a purple drink and what looked like a joint in his hand. His followers quickly accused him of drinking lean, a concoction that typically includes cough syrup with codeine and promethazine as well as a soft drink or alcohol.

He later denied the accusation, saying it was ‘pink lemonade.’

At Michigan State in 2018, the Flint native was First-Team All-Big and a consensus second-team All-American.

With the Hornets last season, he became the primary beneficiary of the team’s dynamic young point guard, LaMelo Ball, averaging 20.2 points per game on nearly 50-percent shooting.

Bridges was ejected after cursing at officials and receiving his second technical foul with six minutes left in the fourth quarter of the Hornets' 132-103 season-ending loss to the Hawks. While storming off the court, the furious 24-year-old was heckled by several Atlanta fans and appeared to take offense to one man in particular. Bridges then flung his mouthpiece (circled in red) toward the fan, but it wound up hitting a girl two seats over

Bridges was ejected after cursing at officials and receiving his second technical foul with six minutes left in the fourth quarter of the Hornets’ 132-103 season-ending loss to the Hawks. While storming off the court, the furious 24-year-old was heckled by several Atlanta fans and appeared to take offense to one man in particular. Bridges then flung his mouthpiece (circled in red) toward the fan, but it wound up hitting a girl two seats over

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