faces felony domestic violence charges after his beating of an ex-boyfriend at a Menlo Park restaurant after an argument.
Harris, 30, became angry with Dimitri Geier, 36, in August at Su Hong restaurant on Menlo Avenue, according to court documents.Harris has rejected a plea bargain. His attorney, Alin Clintean says the physical fight was a case of self defense, maintaining that Geier punched first.
The ex-football player got incensed when Geier tried to put soy sauce on Harris' rice, said Al Serrato, a San Mateo County prosecutor.
"Basically, they're having dinner together and they get into a verbal dispute and it gets violent from there," Serrato said...
Serrato said the men were romantically involved and previously had lived together.
During the restaurant argument, Harris accused Geier of stealing his underwear, Serrato said. Harris then tried to pull down Geier's pants, the prosecutor said.
Harris, 6-foot-7 and 240 pounds, then pinned Geier (6-1, 220 pounds) against a plate-glass window and hit him several times in the face and head, Serrato said.
Doctors at O'Connor Hospital in San Jose determined that Geier had sustained complex compound facial fractures that required surgery and the insertion of a metal plate, Serrato said.
Albert Serrato, assistant district attorney in San Mateo County, said: "The issue is not who hit first. We look to who the primary aggressor is and that is who used more force."