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Dalvin Cook 2020 abuse allegations: Former Vikings RB reportedly offered ex-girlfriend $1 million to exonerate him

(Warning: This story includes graphic details of alleged domestic violence).

Dalvin Cook offered his ex-girlfriend $1 million to drop accusations of abuse against him, as reported by the Star Tribune (Minneapolis).

The Star reported on Thursday that — according to a since-sealed court filing from Gracelyn Trimble’s attorney — Cook twice offered her a sum of money. In return, she would clear the then-Vikings running back of any wrongdoing in regard to an alleged domestic violence incident from 2020.

According to the document, Cook initially offered Trimble $800,000 to settle the matter. In return, he asked her to sign a sworn affidavit denying any abuse claims, which she denied. The Star Tribune reported Cook followed up with a $1 million offer that required her to send a letter to the NFL absolving him of wrongdoing.

MORE: Dalvin Cook domestic violence allegations, explained

Trimble denied both offers. She previously claimed Cook physically assaulted her in a domestic dispute in November 2020. In the claim, she alleged Cook threw her over a couch and into a coffee table, resulting in severe injuries to her forehead and nose.

Attorney Daniel Cragg wrote in his filing that Cook’s initial cash offer was “not only evidence of a crime,” but also that it was admissible as evidence at trial. The offer could be used to show Cook tried to get Trimble to perjure herself by changing her sworn testimony, since she already had sworn under oath that he physically and emotionally abused her.

“This does not pass the smell test, and can and should be admissible as evidence of Cook’s consciousness of guilt,” Cragg’s filing read.

Cook is a current free agent who has not signed with a team yet for the 2023 NFL season.

Dalvin Cook domestic violence incident, explained

In November 2021, Trimble filed a lawsuit against Cook, alleging he physically abused her in an incident in November 2020. He later filed a defamation suit against her.

At the time, Trimble told the Star Tribune that Cook gave her “a concussion, leaving a scar and taking her through hell.”

Per her lawsuit, Trimble flew to Minnesota on Nov. 19, 2020 to collect personal belongings from Cook’s home. She entered through the garage and grabbed Mace that she had previously kept there. Trimble alleges when she asked Cook for help gathering her items, he got angry, “grabbed her arm, and slung her whole body over the couch, slamming her face into the coffee table and causing her lower forehead and the bridge of her nose to bust open.”

The lawsuit alleges that, after she was thrown into the furniture, Trimble attempted to spray Cook, but accidentally sprayed herself instead as he overpowered her. She then went to the shower where she alleges she was assaulted again by Cook.

Cook’s attorney, David Valentini, had previously released a statement detailing Cook’s account of the incident.

He claimed Trimble entered Cook’s residence in Minnesota by using a “stolen” garage door opener, and that when Trimble entered the premises, she punched Cook and sprayed him with Mace, along with two of his houseguests.

Valentini said after that Trimble sprayed Cook with Mace a second time in the face before getting a firearm. It was then he claimed that she started “forcing Mr. Cook and his guests, at gunpoint, to remain in his residence for the next several hours.” Valentini claimed that Trimble “suffered a small cut above her nose” after Cook stopped her from trying to assault another one of the houseguests.

Valentini also claimed that, “for the better part of a year, Sgt. Trimble has been attempting to extort money from Mr. Cook” following the incident. Here is his full statement from 2021, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter:

Statement from Dalvin Cook attorney, David Valentini, in response to a civil lawsuit filed today by a woman alleging that Cook assaulted her in 2020:

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 10, 2021

The lawsuit filed by Trimbles includes texts between Trimble and Cook in which the running back apologizes for his actions. Trimble also included photos that allegedly were taken after the incident, in which her face was cut and bruised (warning: the links contain images some people may find disturbing).

Trimble’s personal injury lawsuit against Cook is set for trial next year, and Cook’s defamation lawsuit against her is also pending.

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