Dalvin Cook Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Accuser

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Less than a month ago, Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook was civilly accused of domestic assault by former girlfriend, Gracelyn Trimble. Cook and his lawyers quickly released a statement that same night, vowing his innocence. Now, he and his team are legally fighting back.

According to the Star Tribune, Dalvin Cook has filed a defamation and fraud lawsuit against Trimble. He is reportedly seeking in excess of $50,000 from his former girlfriend and accuses Trimble of being the aggressor in the altercation that led to her original civil suit back in November.

Dalvin’s new countersuit claims Trimble’s accusations were false and caused him “embarrassment and economic harm”. Cook also alleges that the injuries she reported, along with the bloodied and bruised pictures she submitted, were staged.

The Allegations

Much like the statement he released the night Trimble’s suit was filed, Cook still claims that she, an Army Sargent First-Class, entered his home with a stolen garage door opener. Then, she repeatedly punched him in the face and pulled his dreadlocks before spraying him and his guests with a chemical irritant.

Gracelyn Trimble’s attorneys have called Dalvin Cook’s countersuit “completely frivolous”, claiming he is trying to muzzle her so he can continue playing football. Neither Cook nor Trimble contacted police on or after the night in question. All legal filings have come via civil court, not criminal. You can learn more about Trimble’s original lawsuit HERE.

Dalvin’s latest legal move doesn’t absolve him of any wrongdoing. It is the most logical step, however, for someone trying to prove their innocence. Cook has been ruled out of Sunday’s game vs Detroit due to a torn labrum he suffered last weekend.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan