The story of Jennifer Capriati, the tennis prodigy whose career turnaround riveted the nation 15 years ago, has taken another twist. A report alleges that Capriati stalked her ex-boyfriend for a year and even had a physical altercation with him on Valentine's Day.
The New York Post has obtained a police report that says Capriati confronted her ex boyfriend, Ivan Brannan, in a gym on Valentine's Day. When Brannan tried to walk away from Capriati, the report says, she cut him off and punched him in the chest four times.
According to the Post, the report also includes seven other instances in which Capriati stalked Brannan in the past year. One of Brannan's co-workers told police that Capriati called Brannan's business up to 50 times per day and, in one instance, even pounded on the windows of his office.
Capriati, who won a gold medal in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and went on to win three Grand Slam titles, was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012. The 36-year-old took to Twitter to defend herself, writing, "I pushed a man that was verbally assaulting me away from me. This man has been tormenting and abusing me for so long. The truth will prevail."
Capriati's lawyer, Steve Sessa, called the police report "one-sided" and said the story about the Valentine's Day confrontation was an "over-exaggeration."
Brannan's ex-girlfriend, Christine Corley, has defended Capriati on Twitter. A former star on the reality show Gordon Ramsay's MasterChef, Corley is the mother of Brannan's 3-year-old son. Corley says Brannan has been an unsupportive father.
@jencapriati He is doing the same thing to you as he did to me!!
— Christine Corley(@chriscorleymc2) March 10, 2013