The florid headlines in the latest edition of The Florida Times-Union are a reminder of the extent of the newspaper scandal and the ongoing investigation that is now underway.
The newspaper’s owner, Donald Sterling, has been charged with sexual battery, aggravated battery, robbery, burglary, and aggravated battery.
The charge stems from a March 18, 2017, incident in which he allegedly punched a female employee in the face and punched her in the chest during a physical altercation at his Florida home.
Sterling was arrested last week in the United Kingdom, where he was wanted in connection with a string of sexual assault cases, including an incident in England that involved the victim and Sterling.
“It is our hope that the charges are dropped and that the investigation is complete and that we can move forward with this,” said James C. Ochs, the newspaper’s executive editor, in a statement to News24.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Miami, which is conducting the investigation, declined to comment further.
According to the indictment, Sterling entered the house and tried to force himself on the woman, which led to an altercation.
During the altercation, Sterling punched the victim several times, causing her to bleed on the ground.
Investigators believe Sterling assaulted the woman after forcing her to perform oral sex.
The indictment says Sterling then assaulted her and took a phone from her.
On May 16, the indictment says, the woman returned home from work and found Sterling, who was holding the phone and attempting to force his way into the house.
As the woman’s husband and a neighbor arrived, Sterling allegedly attempted to use a metal pipe to force the woman to the ground, according to the court documents.
The woman grabbed a metal bar and held it above her head, the documents say.
When she turned to leave, Sterling “attempted to force her to the floor,” the documents state.
After the woman resisted, Sterling hit her on the back of the head with the pipe, causing multiple abrasions to her scalp and neck.
It was not immediately clear whether Sterling was armed with a weapon.
Authorities say the woman is a mother of four children and lives with her husband and the woman in the Florida Keys.
In an interview with NBC News, Sterling said he would be releasing a statement when he received a call from authorities, adding that he would “do what I have to do to get my life back.”
Sting was also in the process of hiring a new chief of staff, according the Miami Herald.
Read the full indictment at News24 here.