RIHANNA’s new baseball star boyfriend MATT KEMP cleared up allegations he was once involved in a violent relationship – insisting a restraining order filed against him by a former lover had nothing to do with physical abuse.
The Umbrella hitmaker split from long term love Chris Brown last year (09) after a bust-up which left her battered and bruised, and her former partner with a community service sentence for assault.
The Bajan beauty has now gone public with her new boyfriend, Los Angeles Dodgers star Matt Kemp, following a date at an L.A. basketball game on Saturday night (16Jan10).
But Kemp was hit with allegations of a violent past after it emerged a former lover, Felisha Terrell, filed a restraining order against him after their relationship ended in 2008.
Now the athlete has come forward to set the record straight, insisting the court order, which was subsequently lifted, is a “non-issue.”
Kemp’s agent Dave Stewart tells E! News, “Matt dated Felisha about two years ago and decided to end their relationship. She chose to file a complaint and shortly thereafter, on her own accord, decided to drop it based on the fact that the statements made within were false. She has very recently said that she has no issue whatsoever with Matt and that she and Matt consider this to be a non-issue.
“Matt Kemp is a consummate Midwestern gentleman who has never displayed any act of violence towards a woman.”
A representative for Terrell adds, “During the course of the relationship there was a restraining order filed by Felisha but it had nothing to do with domestic violence and to be clear Matt was NEVER physically abusive to Felisha, nor did she fear for her life. The restraining order was subsequently vacated. They both have moved on separately but remain amicable.” #ShoutOut to Contact Music