Back in November, Dwight Howard made headlines over rumors of his alleged history with transgender women and men, made by Youtube star, Masin Elije, who claimed to be the baller’s ex-boyfriend. In a series of tweets, Masin chronicled his alleged relationship with Howard, explaining how it turned sour after he found out about Howard’s alleged sexcapades with transgender women and other men.
“I was afraid to speak, but today my life was threatened after I was sexually harassed, threatened and manipulated, by someone I respected, my ex-boyfriend NBA player Dwight Howard, and his camp also ‘catfished’ by his disrespectful ass PASTOR,” Masin wrote, as he attached voice recordings and screenshots to prove his case.
Three months later, as Howard remained mum about the allegations, Masin moved forward with a lawsuit, accusing the Washington Wizard of assault and infliction of emotional distress. In the suit, obtained by Bossip, Masin said Howard threatened his life after he refused to sign a nondisclosure agreement, which would prevent him from speaking on their alleged relationship.
He said he suffered physical, mental and emotional distress, in addition to financial losses, for which Masin demanded damages. But now, Howard is officially speaking out about the entire ordeal, disputing all of Masin’s claims, including the rumors surrounding their alleged relationship. In fact, in new legal docs obtained by the publication, Howard has countersued Masin, real name Maurice Slingletary, over the allegations.
According to Bossip, Howard says there is no truth to Masin’s claims, and on top of that, Howard says Masin’s case has no legal standing, especially since Howard was never officially served. In addition, Howard says Masin’s alleged injuries, if any, were caused by his own negligence after he chose to unload the series of tweets, which Howard describes as “a campaign of harassment and intimidation.”
“Mr. Howard is an upstanding citizen in all respects,” the countersuit states. “Unfortunately, his public life and generosity have made him the target of the plaintiff as unrelenting and hostile smear campaign. And Maurice Singletary continues to aggressively, harass, threaten, call and text Mr. Howard and besmirch his reputation on various social media platforms.”
As a result, Howard is suing for $10 million, for libel, slander, invasion of privacy and abusive litigation.