Vikings' Cook facing 2nd felony charge

  • Article by: ABBY SIMONS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 20, 2011 - 11:11 PM

A complaint was amended against suspended cornerback Chris Cook for allegedly choking and hitting his girlfriend.

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Minnesota Vikings Chris Cook is flanked by his attorneys as they walked out of the Public Safety Facility Oct. 26.

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Chris Cook, the Vikings cornerback charged with choking his girlfriend, will now answer to a second felony assault charge after the woman reported suffering hearing loss after the alleged attack.

Cook, 24, is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday before Hennepin County District Judge Robert Small, one month after police say he assaulted and tried to strangle the 21-year-old woman during a fight at his Eden Prairie home. The woman said that Cook grabbed her, swung her onto a bed and choked her when he flew into a jealous rage because she had spoken to a former boyfriend.

The woman said she grabbed Cook's formerly long hair to free herself. When she stood up, Cook allegedly struck her on the side of the head, a blow that sent her into a wall. She fled to the living room, where Cook again tried to "inhibit (her) breathing by squeezing her neck with his hand," according to charges.

Cook was charged with felony domestic assault. On Nov. 10, the Hennepin County Attorney's office amended the complaint to add a second felony charge of third-degree assault. According to court documents, the woman suffered a perforated ear drum and confirmed to prosecutors that she now has hearing loss.

Cook, who is free from jail on $40,000 bail, is ordered not to contact the woman. According to court documents, prosecutors intend to show that Cook allegedly committed additional offenses on other occasions. They will also seek an aggravated sentence for the alleged assault.

The player's attorney, David Valentini, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. On Oct. 27, he filed a request for prosecutors to disclose evidence against Cook and asked Small to throw out the case for lack of probable cause and because the complaint shows prejudice against his client's rights.

Cook remains on a paid indefinite leave of absence from the Vikings.

After he was released from jail last month, the second-year pro quickly turned to Twitter: "There's always two sides to a story!!" About 40 minutes later, he added, "My apologies to the fans! Vikings ownership, coaching staff, my teammates and friends and family!!"

Abby Simons • 612-673-4921

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