The judge’s verdict followed an exhaustive 10-hour trial, unusual in domestic-violence court, where women and men are forced to sit on separate sides of the aisle and cases can be settled in minutes.
The case against Hardy, however, started in late morning and ended at 9 p.m. It drew a dozen witnesses and featured hour after hour of testimony into the darker side of youth, beauty and celebrity, with drugs, s*x and violence playing key roles in the narrative.
Nicole Holder testified that he assaulted her after a night of partying.
Holder said that later she and Hardy went to the luxury Charlotte nightclub Bubble at the EpiCentre. Hardy spent more than $2,000, she said.
Then, Holder said Hardy grew agitated at her and, “to top everything off, a Nelly song came on.” She had earlier told police that Hardy was upset with her because of a short-term relationship she had with Nelly, a Grammy-winning rap artist and a part owner of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, at a time when she and Hardy had broken up.
After going to the condo, Hardy began hurling insults at her, calling her a whore and a slut, Holder testified, then backhanded her into a wall. She said he slammed her onto a sofa strewn with firearms, and then choked her.
When he loosened his grip, Holder said, she struck him in the temple with her shoe. Sammy Curtis, a friend of Hardy’s, came in and tackled her, she said.
“He looked me in my eyes and he told me he was going to kill me,” said Holder, 24, an EpiCentre nightclub waitress who said she used to live with Hardy.
“I was so scared I wanted to die. When he loosened his grip slightly, I said , ‘Just do it. Kill me.’ ”
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