Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress’ pit bull is accused of violently attacking a neighbor, Gina Boulougouris Stasinos, who walking outside his Totowa, NJ, mansion in May 2013.
The alleged attack happened on May 21, while Stasinos was walking along Mountainwood Court and Burress' dog got loose, the suit says. Burress lives on nearby Huntington Court. She lives on Cumberland Court — just down the street from the alleged attack.
She claims she suffered "series and permanent" injuries to her head, body and limbs, according to the suit filed in Passaic County Superior Court.
Her husband joined the suit, claiming the attack had deprived him of the "services and companionship" of his wife, according to TMZ. They are seeking unspecified compensation for damages, the suit says.
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Stasinos' lawyer, Barry Epstein, said Burress wasn't home at the time of the attack, and that he might have been attending football-related workouts. "Nevertheless," Epstein said, "it's his dog and he still has a responsibility to properly exercise supervision over it and take proper precautions."
Burress' wife, Tiffany, who's a personal injury lawyer with the firm Dario, Yacker, Suarez & Albert, is also named in the suit. NJ.com couldn't reach Burress or his attorneys for comment.
In 2008 Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the right thigh while at a nightclub in New York City. He was allegedly trying to stop his gun from falling in his jeans (some reports said he was wearng sweatpants.) He spent two years in jail after taking a plea deal.
He was trying to revive his career with the Steelers when he was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a torn rotator cuff in August. The 6-foot-5 Burress has 553 career catches along with 8,499 yards and 64 touchdowns.
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Burress has been sued at least nine times since joining the NFL, the Associated Press reported.