Antonio Brown attends deposition in Aventura

Lawsuit claims troubled NFL star damaged Sunny Isles Beach condo last year

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor

AVENTURA, Fla. - Antonio Brown and his attorney attended a deposition Tuesday stemming from a 2018 lawsuit that claimed the troubled NFL wide receiver damaged a multimillion-dollar oceanfront condominium he was renting in Sunny Isles Beach.

Brown had nothing to say to Local 10 News reporter Madeleine Wright as he entered an Aventura office building for the court-ordered deposition Tuesday morning.

According to the lawsuit, Brown trashed the condo he was renting at the Mansions at Aqualina in February 2018.

The lawsuit, filed in August 2018, claims Brown breached the lease by "destroying" the condo.

As a result, the lawsuit claims, the condo association lost money on the property while making repairs "to replace broken or defaced furnishings, repairing damaged walls and flooring" and repainting.

The lawsuit goes on to claim that Brown refused to pay for the damages. The plaintiff seeks in excess of $15,000.

"This is a landlord-tenant dispute," Brown's lawyer, Darren Heitner, told Local 10 News. "It's simple and dry like that."​​​​​​

According to a counterclaim filed by Heitner on Brown's behalf in October 2018, Brown vacated the condo in April 2018 "due to lack of security, failure to protect and other material defects in the operation of the building" after he was "the victim of a theft" there.

Brown was released by the New England Patriots after the team's 43-0 win at Miami. He scored a touchdown in the game against his hometown Dolphins.

The former Miami Norland Senior High School star spent the offseason with the Oakland Raiders after nine years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the seven-time Pro Bowl player was released after publicly demanding a trade before the season began.

A lawsuit filed earlier this month accuses Brown of raping Britney Taylor, a former trainer he met while playing college football at Central Michigan University. Brown has denied the allegations, and Heitner previously issued a statement in which he called it "a consensual personal relationship."

Heitner refused to answer any questions about the lawsuit involving Taylor.

Brown left the deposition a few hours later, smiling and even signing a random fan's hat amid a throng of news media.

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