Security camera catches 19-year-old Florida State quarterback punching woman at a bar
Prosecutors released security camera footage on Monday of 19-year-old Florida State University quarterback De’Andre Johnson hitting a woman inside a bar,the Tallahassee Democrat reported.
Johnson, a freshman, faces a misdemeanor battery charge in connection with the incident. He turned himself in to police on June 30 and was released from jail on a $500 bond.
The video shows Johnson moving toward the bar on the evening of June 24 when he is confronted by the woman. According to court records, the woman began talking to Johnson after she felt him push past her aggressively. She is then seen raising her right fist, at which point Johnson grabs her right arm and pushes her. As the altercation continues, she swings at him with her left hand, but Johnson backs away before swinging and hitting her in the face. He quickly leaves the scene before people begin to help the unidentified woman.
State Attorney Willie Meggs said the woman still had a black eye when she met with his office the same day Johnson turned himself in. Records stated that she suffered a small cut near the bridge of her nose, as well as swelling of her upper lip and left cheek on top of the bruising near her left eye.
“She’s a good witness and she wants to testify,” Meggs said. “She’s a little nervous about it.”
Florida State suspended Johnson indefinitely last week, citing “athletic department policy.”
The university’s former starting quarterback, Jameis Winston, was at the center of several incidents during his Florida State career, including an investigation for possible sexual assault. Winston was ultimately not charged. However, his accuser sued him this past April, seeking financial damages.
According to Sports Illustrated, Johnson, a highly-rated recruit, was expected to compete to be the team’s backup quarterback this coming season.
The Democrat posted footage of the incident involving Johnson, which can be seen below.