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Vikings running back Dalvin Cook accused of assault in lawsuit filed by former girlfriend

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Editor's note: The story has been updated with new information and to provide more balance.

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook has been accused of battery and assault in a lawsuit filed by his former girlfriend, Gracelyn Trimble.

In the lawsuit, which was filed in a Minnesota state court on Tuesday night and obtained by USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday morning, Trimble alleges that Cook was "physically violent" with her at multiple points during their relationship, particularly during one incident on Nov. 19, 2020.

Trimble, who is described in the lawsuit as a member of the U.S. Army, believed Cook had been unfaithful and went to his house to pick up her things. Cook, the lawsuit alleges, proceeded to throw Trimble to the ground and "beat her with a broomstick," among other allegations.

Cook's agent, Zac Hiller, told ESPN on Tuesday night that the running back was the victim in the encounter. And Cook's attorney, David Valentini, said in a statement that Trimble is "attempting to extort him for millions of dollars."

Valentini claims that Trimble was "emotionally abusive" and "physically agressive" during her relationship with Cook. He also claims that Trimble entered the running back's home without his permission on Nov. 19, then proceeded to physically assault Cook and two unnamed house guests.

Both the lawsuit and Valentini's statement reference the use of mace during the encounter. Trimble alleges she had stored mace in Cook's garage, brought it with her into the house and attempted to spray it at Cook but ended up accidentally spraying it in her own eyes. Valentini claims Trimble sprayed mace in Cook's eyes twice, and also sprayed it at his two guests.

The lawsuit and statement also reference a handgun. Trimble alleges that Cook held a gun to her head but then set it down, and that she later picked it up "for purposes of self-defense." Cook's lawyer alleges that Trimble "forced Mr. Cook and his guests, at gunpoint, to remain in his residence for the next several hours."

The lawsuit accuses Cook of battery, assault and false imprisonment and seek unspecified damages.

In a news conference Wednesday, Cook reiterated that he is "the victim in the situation."

"The truth and the details about the situation will come out at a further time, and any further questions, y'all can ask my agent, my attorney. And that will be all," Cook said, declining to answer follow-up questions.

NFL vice president of communications Brian McCarthy told USA TODAY Sports told USA TODAY Sports Wednesday that, "The NFL is reviewing the matter under the personal conduct policy, and there is no change to (Cook's) status."

Cook, 26, is in his fifth season with the Vikings after being selected in the second round of the 2017 draft. The Vikings signed him to a five-year, $63 million contract before the 2020 season. He leads Minnesota in rushing and in six games this season has run for 554 yards and scored two touchdowns.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Dalvin Cook: Vikings RB accused of battery and assault in lawsuit