Dalvin Cook, ex-girlfriend trading allegations over 2020 domestic incident
(KSTP) – A legal fight is underway over an alleged incident at Vikings running back Dalvin Cook’s east metro home last year.
Cook’s agent, Zac Hiller, details an assault and extortion attempt by Cook’s ex-girlfriend last November at his house in Inver Grove Heights; meanwhile, the woman has filed a lawsuit claiming domestic abuse.
Hiller told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that Cook’s ex-girlfriend, who is a sergeant in the U.S. Army, broke into Cook’s home and attacked him roughly a year ago. She then allegedly tried to extort him for millions of dollars, claiming Cook had injured her in the attack she initiated.
However, because the sergeant broke into Cook’s home, Hiller said, Cook had the right to defend himself under Minnesota’s castle doctrine.
David Valentini, Cook’s lawyer, said the former girlfriend has filed a lawsuit in Dakota County District Court alleging the opposite: that she was the victim of an assault by Cook.
According to reporting from the Star Tribune, the lawsuit states that the woman went to Cook’s house to break up with him and he slammed her face into a coffee table, causing her forehead and the bridge of her nose to break open.
Two other people were inside the home and witnessed the alleged incident, Valentini said. He also said the woman maced Cook and pointed a gun at him.
However, Valentini told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that Cook is the victim and that the woman is trying to wreck his career.
The Vikings released the following statement:
"We recently received notification from Dalvin Cook’s legal representative regarding a situation that occurred between Dalvin and a female acquaintance in November 2020 and led to an ongoing dispute between the parties. Upon learning of this, we immediately notified the NFL. We are in the process of gathering more information and will withhold further comment at this time."
No criminal complaints have been filed in connection with the alleged incident.