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Storm's Natasha Howard denies domestic-abuse allegations, accuses wife of stabbing her and taking nearly $600,000

Percy Allen, The Seattle Times on

Published in Basketball

In court documents filed this week, Storm All-Star forward Natasha Howard denied domestic-abuse allegations made public last weekend by her wife, Jacqueline Howard. Natasha also accused Jacqueline of transferring nearly $600,000 out of a joint bank account and stabbing her in 2016.

Natasha Howard, 27, has filed for divorce in King County Superior Court and was granted a restraining order against Jacqueline, according to documents provided to The Seattle Times on Friday.

Natasha Howard also said in the documents she is broke because Jacqueline emptied her bank account. In the documents, Natasha said Jacqueline transferred $588,888 from their joint account into an account that was in Jacqueline's name only.

"I was left with no money, and I had to borrow funds for groceries," Natasha wrote in a court declaration.

The restraining order prevents Jacqueline from accessing the funds.

When reached Friday for comment via direct message on Twitter, Jacqueline, who also goes by Jackyy, said Natasha's claims are not true. Jacqueline added she plans to issue a statement through her lawyer early next week.

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In the documents, Natasha described an alleged incident in 2016 while playing in South Korea in which Jacqueline stabbed her in the back with a knife. Natasha said she was hospitalized for several days and could try to obtain medical records if needed to grant the restraining order.

In a series of tweets posted July 13, Jacqueline said Natasha had stabbed her in the chest and leg.

"Jackyy has provided nothing to support her claim," Howard said in a court statement. "That is because it is absolutely false. I have never used any knife or scissors or any sharp object of any kind to hurt Jackyy (or anyone) ever. It is Jackyy who stabbed me and caused me serious harm. In fact, after this my team in South Korea insisted that Jackyy leave the country."

On July 13, Jacqueline posted videos on Twitter in which she yelled at Natasha about being threatened by her. In several posts, Jacqueline accused Natasha of mental and physical abuse.

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