Battery Charge Against LeBron's Mom Dropped

Heat star's mother makes deal with prosecutors in incident with valet

By Brian Hamacher
|  Monday, Mar 5, 2012  |  Updated 12:27 PM EDT
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The mother of Miami Heat star LeBron James won't be facing a battery charge related to an alleged argument with a valet at a South Beach hotel last year.

Prosecutors dropped the misdemeanor battery charge against Gloria James Monday in the April 7, 2011 incident at the Fontainebleau hotel.

Under the deal with prosecutors, James will serve 20 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 donation to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund for a disorderly intoxication charge related to her arrest at the swank hotel.

James was arrested after she was accused of slapping around valet Rockfeller Sorel after she allegedly became upset over the time it took to retrieve her car.

Witnesses said James verbally abused Sorel before slapping him in the face. A Miami Beach police report said James became angry with Sorel over her car, saying "Where are my f---ing keys" and yelling profanities at him.

The report stated that James struck Sorel "for no apparent reason," that she had bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol on her breath, and was "very uncooperative" with police.

Some of the incident was caught on surveillance video, which was used to dismiss the battery charge, according to Miami-Dade State Attorney spokeswoman Terry Chavez.

"We reviewed the video several times and we felt that it was appropriate to dismiss the battery count," Chavez told NBC 6 Monday.

Sorel has filed a civil lawsuit against James.

"We're happy the state dropped the battery charge," James' attorney, Christopher Lyons said after Monday's hearing. He declined to comment further citing the civil lawsuit.

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