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Jury Rejects Photographer David Flores' Lawsuit Against James Harden

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2019

Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) walks on the court during the first half of Game 6 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on Friday, May 10, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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Photographer David Flores sued James Harden for negligence, assault and battery three years ago, claiming that the Houston Rockets star broke his finger after slapping his hand outside of a Hollywood lounge.

On Monday, the jury in the trial found that Harden "did not intend to cause any harm to Flores and did not act negligently," awarding no damages to Flores, according to TMZ Sports.

Flores had claimed "he was trying to get a street interview with James outside of a Hollywood lounge around 2 AM on May 13, 2016, when Harden 'angrily smacked' his hand, breaking his finger in the process," per TMZ.

He also "claimed to have video of the encounter—but allegedly admitted to manipulating the clip... and said he no longer had the original version."

According to NBC Palm Springs, Flores also filed for intentional infliction of emotional distress, though he dropped that claim in May. 

Harden denied assaulting Flores and chose against settling with the photographer after the judge in the case ordered the two sides to hold a settlement conference, per TMZ.

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