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The woman accusing former Arizona Wildcats running back Orlando Bradford of domestic violence has filed a notice of claim against the University of Arizona.
She is seeking a $1 million settlement from the UA and the Arizona Board of Regents, its governing organization, for failing to stop Bradford's alleged violent behavior.
Bradford was arrested in September after the victim and a second woman accused him of assault. He was charged with three felony counts of domestic violence kidnapping, seven counts of felony aggravated assault and five misdemeanor counts of intentional assault.
Bradford's trial is set to begin in August in Pima County Superior Court. He was dismissed from the football team on the day of his arrest.
A notice of claim filed on behalf of the woman by her attorneys further described violent acts allegedly committed by Bradford. The Star does not usually identify alleged victims of domestic violence.
The pair met through the woman's work as a photographer and began a romantic relationship in December 2015, the document said. On at least four occasions in January 2016, she said Bradford allegedly grabbed, strangled and kicked her.
Between then and Bradford's arrest in 2016, she says he assaulted her several more times, causing injuries such as a concussion, the notice of claim alleged. Some of the incidents were allegedly witnessed by members of the Arizona Wildcats football team, it says.
The woman alleged that the UA athletic department knew of Bradford's violent behavior toward her and another female athlete who had previously been in a romantic relationship with him, but did not take appropriate action.
Despite being aware, the UA "allowed him to continue to play on the football team, be present on campus as a student, and upon information and belief, did not take appropriate action to restrain his violent and assaultive behavior," the claim alleged.
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