Jennifer Capriati Has Criminal Charges Dropped


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A former tennis star who has been plagued with troubles off the court throughout her life, Jennifer Capriati may have just caught a break. She previously had charges brought about involving her and a former boyfriend that implicated her in a case of stalking and battery.

Due to the community service that she has completed, the charges against Jennifer Capriati were dropped today. The charges against her were from an altercation that occurred between her and an ex-boyfriend, an event that occurred in February of 2013.

The former tennis star had been accused of punching former boyfriend Ivan Brannan at a North Palm Beach gym last Valentine's Day, and of stalking him for months before that.

Capriati had completed her community service at a hospital in Tampa and with four hours of anger management under a deferred prosecution agreement, according to a spokesman for the Palm Beach County state attorney’s office.

The charges were misdemeanors, but have since been dropped due to her community service. The court documents showed that she attended the anger management sessions last week and did her community service at Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute in Tampa.

She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012, and after beginning her career at the age of 13, Jennifer Carpriati was able to become the No. 1 player in the world. She won the 2001 and 2002 Australian Opens and 2001 French Open, and also won the gold medal in women’s singles at the 1992 Olympics.

This is also not the first time that Capriati has faced legal troubles and early on in her career, her playing was delayed when she was arrested on charges of shoplifting and marijuana. She was also forced to enter a drug counseling program in 1994, and she had what a spokesperson called an accidental overdose in 2010.

Jennifer Capriati got a deal in the case, and will no longer be facing charges in the initial case of stalking and battery.

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