Cops are investigating the alleged assault.
What’s been going on with Dennis Rodman lately? Just weeks ago he was accused of robbing a Newport Beach, California yoga studio twice, and now it’s being reported that he’s shown a man “what the five fingers said to the face.” TMZ Sports has obtained a report that states Rodman was celebrating his birthday by hosting a shindig at the Buddha Sky Bar in Florida on May 17. A man named Jeff Soulouque told the Delray Beach Police Department that he was an attendee at the event when all of a sudden Rodman “unprovokedly turned around and smacked him.”
According to Soulouque, the retired NBA star immediately apologized for the hit and to make amends, invited Soulouque out to dinner the following evening. It must have been one helluva slap because later on, Soulouque was in so much pain that he visited a hospital where he was diagnosed with a left corneal abrasion. On May 18, he decided to file a police report.
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A witness to the incident named David Lee Roth—no, not the singer Van Halen but another guy with the same name—corroborated the alleged victim’s story. The police report reads, “Roth stated he was about twenty feet away and he saw Rodman turn around and open hand smack Soulouque two times.” Investigators are hoping that the Buddha Sky Bar has surveillance footage of the evening that shows whether or not Soulouque is being truthful. Meanwhile, Rodman’s lawyer told TMZ Sports that his client is innocent.
“I’ve spoken with people who were with Dennis the entire night of the alleged incident at Buddha Sky Bar,” he said. “No one saw any such incident occur and Dennis was sober the entire night. Currently the matter is in its preliminary stages but we fully expect after a thorough investigation that no such incident will be substantiated. Dennis denies any such incident occurred.”