A UCLA basketball player pleaded not guilty Monday to felony assault following a fracas in Hollywood, and his attorney says the dust up was "clearly a case of self-defense" on the part of his client, Nikola Dragovic.
The 6-foot, 9-inch player was involved in a fight with another man following a concert at the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood in October. The District Attorney's office contends the player plowed the victim into a glass display case, injuring the victim and causing a laceration to his Achilles tendon.
The 22-year-old forward from Serbia and a 21-year-old friend were slapped with charges of assault with intention to do great bodily injury. Dragovic faces an additional charge of personal infliction of great bodily injury.
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But the player's attorney, Jon Artz, told reporters that Dragovic was acting in self defense and had walked away from the victim after he started a conflict by slapping the player's friend and threatening the pair in Serbian. "The alleged victim was the aggressor," the attorney said.