Kevin Porter Jr. entered a plea of not guilty on Tuesday to charges of assaulting his girlfriend following his arrest in Manhattan on Monday.
The Houston Rockets guard was released after posting $75,000 in cash bail, and a temporary order of protection was issued by the judge. Porter, 23, faces charges of felony assault and strangulation.
According to the criminal complaint, Porter’s girlfriend, 26-year-old former WNBA player Kysre Gondrezick, informed the police that he repeatedly struck her in the face with a closed fist, resulting in a cut above her right eye, facial bruising, and significant pain. The incident occurred at the Millennium Hilton.
Gondrezick said Porter applied “pressure to her neck by forcefully squeezing it, causing her to experience difficulty breathing, redness and bruising to her neck, and substantial pain,” the complaint said.
According to prosecutors, Porter continued the assault until Gondrezick fled to the hallway, covered in blood. She was subsequently transported to NYU Langone Medical Center, where doctors determined that she had sustained a fractured neck vertebra, as per the criminal complaint.
Kevin Porter Jr. pleaded not guilty to assaulting his girlfriend. Court paperwork is revealing the victim's injuries, including a fracture to her vertebra in her neck. https://t.co/WISThbECz7— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) September 12, 2023