Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Henry Melton has settled a lawsuit that alleged he assaulted a Grapevine bar owner during a row earlier this year, Jeff Mosier of the Dallas Morning News reports.
The owner and manager of Chill Sports Bar, Donald Payne, filed suit in January, claiming that Melton bit him. Melton filed a countersuit, alleging that the staff of the bar kicked, punched and choked him during the incident. In a statement released Friday, Melton’s lawyer, Christian Dennie, said the two sides came to an agreement without any money being exchanged.
The original suit filed by Payne in Tarrant County said the bar owner was seeking upwards of $1 million in damages.
“After sitting down together and talking face to face we have both agreed to drop our lawsuits,” the statement reads. “Talking openly and directly is sometimes the best way to resolve issues. We both realize that our time is better spent on more meaningful things. No money was exchanged and we both realize we are better off as allies. We both have ties to Dallas and Grapevine, Texas and we feel it is best to put our time towards positive things for the future.”
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