Former 49-ers and Raiders offensive tackle Kwame Harris has come out of the closet, but not in the way that most lesbians or gays ever want to. Harris is in court after allegedly assaulting his ex-boyfriend, Dimitri Geier, during a dispute over soy sauce at Su Hong in Menlo Park, CA last 21 August.
According to chief deputy district attorney Karen Guidotti, Harris and Geier had been in a romantic relationship in the past, but were not involved at the time. At the time, they were just friends. Harris has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of domestic violence resulting in great bodily injury and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury. Apparently, the dispute began after Geier poured soy sauce on a plate of rice and Harris got upset.
After that incident, the two argued for seven minutes. Harris then stated he wouldn’t take Geier to the airport like he had agreed to. The two went to get Geier’s belongings from Harris’ car, and while there, Harris accused Geier of stealing his underwear. He then tried to pull Geier’s pants down. When Geier tried to flee, Harris punched Geier in the arms. The two then continued to exchange blows.
Harris struck Geier in the face hard enough that he had to have surgery to repair broken orbital bones and had to have a metal plate put in to help fix the damage. Geier has filed a civil suit against Harris for assault, battery, false imprisonment, negligence and emotional distress. On the criminal charges, Harris could spend seven years in prison if convicted.
Domestic violence in the LGBT Community is often under reported due to the problems with getting the police to get involved.