DeMarcus Cousins, Matt Barnes Sued over Alleged Nightclub Brawl in New York

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 28: DeMarcus Cousins #15 and Matt Barnes #22 of the Sacramento Kings talk on the floor against the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center on November 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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A lawsuit has been filed against Sacramento Kings stars DeMarcus Cousins and Matt Barnes stemming from an alleged nightclub brawl that took place early Monday morning. 

TMZ provided details about the case:

According to the lawsuit filed in NYC, Jasmine Besiso and Myrone Powell claim they were innocently hanging out when Barnes approached Jasmine and began to choke her. 

In the suit, Powell says he saw the attack and tried to intervene but that's when Cousins stepped in and punched him in the face. 

At that point, Barnes allegedly released Jasmine's neck and elbowed her in the face -- knocking her unconscious. Myrone claims he was taken to the ground and Barnes and Cousins proceeded to kick and punch him in the head and body. 

TMZ had previously released a video of the two players outside after the alleged incident:

This all took place after a 106-98 loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday night.

According to Larry Celona and Jamie Schram of the New York Post, Barnes was accused of choking one woman and physically assaulting another woman as well as a man. The New York Police Department also wants him for questioning, per ESPN.com's Ian Begley.

Barnes maintained his innocence with a message posted to his Instagram account:

Barnes is in his second stint with the Kings (he played 43 games for them in 2004-05) and has a history of questionable actions both on and off the court, as Victor Contreras detailed for the Sacramento Bee.